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Access Health enrollment surged at end of March

HARTFORD, Conn. – On the last day of enrollment on Connecticut’s health insurance exchange there were so many people waiting in line that Access Health CT officials decided to enroll some of them at a later date.

Access Health CT Chief Operating Officer Peter Van Loon said there were about 10,000 people waiting in line physically or virtually and exchange staff got about 5,000 to actually buy a plan or sign up for Medicaid.

“We made them backdated, as if they went through by March 31,” Van Loon told the board Thursday.

When the counting was done about 80,018 had signed up with one of the three private insurance carriers on the exchange. Of those, 61,939 are receiving a tax credit from the federal government and 18,079 have purchased plans that aren’t being subsidized. Another 149,013 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid, which has been expanded to include people who make less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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