Access Health CT’s storefront enrollment centers in New Britain and New Haven will close for day-to-day business this summer and reopen in the fall, according to the state’s health insurance exchange. The two storefronts will host educational sessions about health care reform during the summer.

People with questions about health reform, their coverage or Access Health can reach a representative by phone at 855-805-4325. Information about the summer educational sessions will be posted at

During the recent open enrollment period, which ran from Oct. 1 through March 31, 19,500 people visited the enrollment centers, and 9,917 people signed up for private insurance or Medicaid coverage there.

The next open enrollment period for private insurance begins Nov. 15. People who go through a change in circumstances that causes them to lose their coverage or need to make a change – such as divorce, losing a job or marriage – can qualify for a special enrollment period to sign up for insurance. People who qualify can sign up for Medicaid at any point in the year.

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She 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 caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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