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Obamacare open enrollment to begin amid shaky insurance market

This is a picture of Access Health's New Britain store

Open enrollment for health care coverage next year begins next week amid uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act and big increases in premiums for individuals and businesses that do not qualify for subsidies. Nevertheless, the health care law is still in effect and those required to enroll in a plan will face increasing penalties by the Internal Revenue Service if they fail to do so. Continue Reading →

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With no broker fees, will Obamacare customers get enough shopping help?

Photo of a sign that says "You qualify for Obamacare, get covered," at an enrollment fair in New Britain.

About half of those who get coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange will need to change plans for next year. But the availability of a key source of help – brokers, who advised buyers of 40 percent of this year’s policies – will be significantly reduced, worrying some who say clients could struggle to get help picking the right coverage. Continue Reading →

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Health insurance brokers set to exit exchange if commissions go

As state regulators consider rate proposals for next year, both of the carriers set to remain on the exchange – Anthem and ConnectiCare – could eliminate their commissions for brokers in 2017, creating uncertainty as brokers and customers plan for the coming year. Many brokers have indicated they will leave the exchange if they will not receive sufficient compensation. Continue Reading →

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