About 60 percent of HUSKY A parents who had temporary medical insurance until July 31 have lost their health insurance coverage, according to numbers provided by state officials.
An estimated 40.5 percent signed up for a new health insurance plan through Access Health CT before the July 31 deadline.
As of Monday, 5,587 of the 13,811 individuals who were in jeopardy of losing their insurance due to 2015 state budget cuts had enrolled in a new plan with a private insurance company or they had qualified for Medicaid. Of the 5,587, some 2,088 enrolled with one of the two private insurers available through Access Health CT and 3,499 qualified for Medicaid.
“We have said from the beginning that we consider every person who signs up to be a success. By that measure, we have been successful,” Access Health CEO James Wadleigh said.
He said if people missed the deadline they should still contact the center to see if they still qualify for coverage.
“We want to remind people that having a gap in health care coverage could result in a tax penalty when filing their federal income taxes,” Wadleigh said. Tax Penalties for not having health care coverage in 2016 can be as high as $695 per person or 2.5 percent of your household income, whichever is greater.
“We don’t want people to wait and get a tax penalty for not having health care coverage,” Wadleigh said.