As the next big milestone for the federal health law approaches, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange chief is once again warning that things aren’t likely to go smoothly.
The new insurance plans available as part of the federal health law take effect in just over two weeks, and one of the first major deadlines of the law is less than a week away.
People covered by the Connecticut Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan and similar high-risk insurance pools across the country will get another month to find new coverage before the program ends in 2014, federal officials announced Thursday.
Connecticut’s health insurance exchange is intended to offer coverage to the uninsured, people who buy their own health plans and small businesses. But CEO Kevin Counihan said broader changes in the health insurance market mean that exchanges will soon become relevant for people who get coverage through their jobs, too.
Thousands of Connecticut residents buying insurance as part of the federal health law are expected to rely on the federal government to pay a portion of their premiums. But the federal government’s problem-plagued rollout of the law has left some would-be customers worried about whether that share of their premiums will get paid on time.
New Britain — Connecticut’s first health insurance “storefronts” are open for business, and so, officials want you to know, is the state’s health insurance exchange.
While much attention has been focused nationally on technological problems hampering the rollout of the federal health reform law, the head of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange said Wednesday that another issue is likely to become more prominent: Price.
Nearly a third of the initial applicants to Access Health CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, are under 35, CEO Kevin Counihan said Tuesday. And of all the applicants, most have selected the so-called silver or gold plans, which have higher premiums and cover a larger share of medical costs than the lower-cost bronze plan options.
The state’s new insurance marketplace opens for enrollment Tuesday, and officials are marking the occasion with a warning: Be prepared for glitches, or even a system shut-down if problems are bad enough.
The website has been spotty, but Access Health CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace created by the federal health reform law, enrolled its first member shortly before 9:30 Tuesday morning and had 44 by early afternoon.
With just over a week to go before the state’s new health insurance marketplace launches, its leader has some advice for potential shoppers: Get help enrolling. And please, whatever you do, avoid the paper application.
Having a seamless, one-stop shopping process for state residents to enroll in health care coverage could ensure that an additional 26,000 people get insurance, and 36,000 avoid losing their coverage, according to research released this week.
The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved prices for health plans to be sold through Access Health CT, the new marketplace created by federal health reform.
The Obama administration’s plan to delay a health insurance requirement for large employers comes as a relief for businesses grappling with the new law, but the lag won’t have a dramatic effect on the overall expansion of health care coverage, business and health care experts in Connecticut say.
When the major provisions of the federal health reform roll out over the coming months, don’t expect a smooth start. That’s the message from Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange — a key piece of the law commonly known as Obamacare.