HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut residents, who don’t qualify for Medicaid, have just six more days to sign up for health insurance plans if they want to avoid a tax penalty next year.
“The momentum of enrollment is increasing pretty dramatically,” Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan said Tuesday.
Counihan is the head of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange. On Tuesday at First Choice Health Centers in East Hartford he said the exchange is better prepared for the increase in call volume than it was prior to the Dec. 23 deadline.
He said there are 307 call center representatives available to help customers through the enrollment process. That’s more than double what they had in December before the first deadline.
The private insurance carriers, which struggled to get bills and ID cards out to their new customers, are also better prepared to handle the surge of last-minute applications, Counihan said.