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Connecticut’s insurance exchange, Access Health CT, reported Tuesday that it enrolled 1,429 residents during a special enrollment period in April.

The special enrollment period was open to individuals who did not have health coverage in 2014 and were subject to a penalty on their 2014 federal taxes.

“As the tax filing deadline approached, we knew some people would realize that they would have to pay a fee or claim an exemption for not having healthcare coverage last year,” Jim Wadleigh, Access Health CT CEO, said.  “We wanted to give those individuals an extra opportunity to enroll and avoid the tax penalty next year.”

The penalty for not having health insurance climbs in 2015 to $325 per adult or 2 percent of income, whichever is greater.