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Sorry, you’re in jail: Access Health CT applicants wrongly considered incarcerated

Some people applying for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange are coming upon a potentially upsetting glitch: The system informs them they’re incarcerated. The glitch has affected .5 percent to 1 percent of the exchange’s customers, said James Wadleigh, chief information officer for Access Health CT, the state’s exchange.

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Uninsured Connecticut: Obamacare comes to Hartford

In their quest to help people sign up for insurance offered under the federal health law, the staff at Charter Oak Health Center have talked to more than 3,000 people. But a few stand out, like the man who was so happy to have insurance — for $49 a month — he was shouting on the way out. Or the young man with bad eyes who couldn’t afford glasses but would, as of Jan. 1, qualify for Medicaid.

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Obamacare coverage problems? Here’s what you need to know

Nine days after health plans sold as part of the federal health law were slated to take effect, some state residents are still struggling to get their coverage set up. Here’s what you need to know about the payment deadlines, what to do if you need an insurance ID card, who to call if you’re having problems, what you can do if you need a prescription filled before you get your insurance information, and the deadlines to know if you’re still shopping for coverage.

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Obamacare Q&A: Deadlines, tax credits and coverage gaps

In this installment of our Obamacare Q&A series, we’ll tackle questions about tax credits for buying insurance, deadlines for getting covered through the exchange, what happens if you need coverage after the open enrollment period ends, and what happens if you’re uninsured for part of the year. If you have a question about the health law you’d like addressed, email Mirror Health Reporter Arielle Levin Becker at