Obamacare exchange’s final tally: 208,301 people signed up

The final numbers are in: Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, signed up 208,301 Connecticut residents for health care coverage.

Of those, 78,713, or 37 percent, signed up for private insurance plans. The other 129,588 are enrolled in Medicaid.

The open enrollment period for private individual-market insurance ended March 31, but Access Health gave extra time to people who began the application process but didn’t complete it by the deadline, and to people who tried to sign up.

On March 31, the exchange received 5,364 voicemail messages from people with questions about their applications and took the contact information from about 5,000 people who tried to enroll in person or online but faced difficulty, according to Access Health.

Access Health staff called all of them back and have now completed the open enrollment applications, CEO Kevin Counihan said in a statement Thursday.

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About Arielle Levin Becker

Arielle Levin Becker was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on home caretakers from the National Association of Health Journalists. Arielle previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter. She also has covered education and municipal beats for The Courant and for the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, N.J. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University. E-mail her at alevinbecker@ctmirror.org.

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