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,, 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:

Obama and you – an explainer

So, what’s an exchange?
What you need to know — and resources
Obamacare insurance: What the standard gold, silver and bronze plans look like

6 things to consider when picking your health insurance

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 —

Jenifer Frank
Mirror Editor

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