With a little more than 20 days left to enroll in Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT is reporting that a total of 152,561 individuals have enrolled since Oct. 1.
Those who have not enrolled yet and remain uninsured have just three more weeks to shop for coverage in order to avoid tax penalties.
“The deadline to enroll is getting closer, and we’re working hard to reach as many residents as possible to help them enroll and avoid tax penalties,” Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan said in a press release. “If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time to visit our website, call our call center, visit an enrollment center or make an appointment for one-on-one assistance.”
The deadline to enroll is March 31. The tax penalty for going uninsured in 2014 is 1 percent of your gross household federal income tax filing or $95 per person, whichever is greater.
Connecticut’s enrollment for the first few months had bucked the federal trend, which saw more people signing up for Medicaid. That trend finally caught up to Connecticut in the last two months of enrollment.
According to Access Health CT, 60,534 people have signed up for plans with Anthem, Healthy CT, and ConnectiCare. The rest, or 92,027 individuals, have signed up for Medicaid plans that are funded by the federal government.
Of the Medicaid enrollees, 69,692 have signed up under Medicaid expansion, which increased the qualifying amount of income to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. About 22,335 have enrolled and would have qualified for Medicaid in the past because their income was under 55 percent of the federal poverty level.