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CT holds firm on Affordable Care Act deadline

HARTFORD, Conn. – The White House may be extending the enrollment period for people who want to sign up for plans on the federal health insurance exchange, but Connecticut is holding firm to its March 31 deadline.

Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan said that since Connecticut is a state-based exchange it will stick to the midnight, March 31 deadline.

Those who enroll by that time will have health coverage effective May 1.

In order to avoid a tax penalty next year residents must have some form of health insurance before the March 31 deadline.

Earlier this week, more than 170,000 Connecticut residents had signed up for plans through the exchange. About 62 percent enrolled in Medicaid and 38 percent enrolled with one of the three private carriers.

Counihan said earlier this week that his goal was to enroll 185,000 individuals before the March 31 deadline.

Christine Stuart is the editor of CT News Junkie.

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