Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will help promote enrollment in Connecticut’s health insurance exchange and a hike in the minimum wage today at two separate events.
At 11:30 a.m. Malloy will join Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan at the First Choice Health Center in East Hartford to tout enrollment in the exchange. It’s the last week of of open enrollment and 160,000 residents have received Medicaid coverage or purchased plans through the exchange.
The exchange will be open until March 31 and anyone who doesn’t have health coverage after that date will be subject to a tax penalty of one percent of their income or $95, whichever is greater.
Later in the day, Counihan will participate in a Twitter Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. to answer questions about enrollment. If you want to participate use the hashtag #EnrollCT
At 3 p.m. Malloy will join the Americans United for Change bus outside Star Hardware on Main Street in Hartford.
The bus is touring 11 states trying to convince Republicans in Congress to boost the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Connecticut’s General Assembly is poised to pass legislation increasing the minimum wage Wednesday.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month found that 71 percent of the 1,878 Connecticut voters surveyed support another increase in the state’s minimum wage.
Connecticut’s minimum wage is currently $8.70 an hour. The legislation approved Tuesday by the Appropriations Committee would boost that to $9.15 on January 1, 2015; from $9.15 to $9.60 on January 1, 2016; and from $9.60 to $10.10 on January 1, 2017.