Obamacare special enrollment period draws 1,429 new customers

More than 1,400 people signed up for health care coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange last month during a special enrollment period for those who paid a penalty on their taxes for not having coverage last year.

In all, 1,429 people signed up for private health plans through Access Health CT during the April enrollment period. The regular enrollment period for private coverage ended Feb. 15, but several exchanges, including Connecticut’s and the federal HealthCare.gov exchange, opened a second window for people who only learned about the financial penalty for not having coverage when they filed their 2014 taxes.

During the regular enrollment period, 110,095 people signed up for private insurance plans through Access Health.