Help with Obamacare — and some strong stories from a short-but-packed week
Three weeks remain if you’d planned to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut – if you want that coverage to start Jan. 1.
Although Connecticut’s exchange – Access Health CT – hasn’t been completely insulated from the massive problems of the federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, Connecticut’s website is reportedly one of the best in the country, and thousands of residents have already signed up.
So if you’ve been a little intimidated, or you’re a procrastinator, we’ve got you covered. Here is a summary – with links – for a tutorial and help with signing up.
For starters, Mirror data editor Alvin Chang worked with health care reporter Arielle Levin Becker to create the Obamacare Maître d’, who can walk you through the process of getting information through Access Health CT and in earlier Mirror stories.
Maybe you need to start with the basics, in which case, these articles can help:
For information on Medicaid and the four HUSKY programs that together will cover close to 700,000 residents after Jan. 1, here’s an article that will give you the ABCs:
7 things to know about HUSKY and Obamacare
If you’re eligible, the federal government may subsidize your policy. For more in-depth information, and a chart to help you determine eligibility, go to:
Teetering at the Obamacare ‘subsidy cliff’
And, we offer “6 things to know when buying health insurance,” and columns answering specific questions sent in by readers, including:
Obamacare Q&A: Avoiding penalties, getting laid off, and taking free coverage
Obamacare Q&A, Medicare, erratic income, and small business options
And don’t miss these stories from the week:
By education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas:
College officials to get Christmas raises … but amounts will be kept secret
Nearly half the students from Hartford now attend integrated schools
By budget/economy reporter Keith M. Phaneuf:
Malloy administration defends its deficit forecast
By Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas
Judge orders police to release of tapes of 911 calls from Sandy Hook Elementary
Connecticut Democrats find generous donors among those who do business with state
Prosecutor’s report provides details, not answers, on Sandy Hook
And best holiday wishes from the Mirror staff —