ConnectiCare Benefits Inc. has the largest share of the market so far among new customers signing up for insurance coverage through Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT.

So far, 19,402 new customers have signed up for plans through the exchange. Of those, 44 percent selected ConnectiCare, while 31 percent chose plans offered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Connecticut’s largest carrier.

Twenty percent of new customers selected plans sold by HealthyCT, which covers just 3 percent of exchange customers this year. Newcomer UnitedHealthcare signed up 5 percent of the new customers.

The bulk of those slated to have coverage through Access Health as of Jan. 1 – 66,064 people – are people who already purchased plans this year and will be automatically renewed into their existing plans. Anthem covers the majority of current enrollees.

Overall, 85,496 people are slated to have private insurance plans through Access Health as of Jan. 1. The enrollment period runs through Feb. 15, but Monday was the deadline to sign up for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1. People who sign up by Jan. 15 will begin coverage Feb. 1, while those who enroll by Feb. 15 will get coverage starting March 1.

People who qualify for Medicaid can sign up at any point during 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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