HARTFORD, CT—Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Access Health CT CEO James Wadleigh wanted to remind Connecticut residents Monday that they can enroll in health insurance until midnight Jan. 31
The call center and enrollment centers will be open until midnight Tuesday to help customers sign up for coverage before the deadline.
This could be the last year of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as it’s currently known. Republican President Donald Trump and the Republican majority in Congress have begun the process of repealing the healthcare law that required everyone to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
“We hope that Washington won’t just deep dish the ACA, but they will come up with some kind of alternative,” Wyman said.
She warned that if Trump doesn’t do this right millions could wake up one morning without health insurance. Congressional Republicans were in Philadelphia this weekend talking about how to repeal and replace the law.
The Washington Post reported that leaked audio recordings of the meeting show there is concern about how to have a replacement plan ready in time for repeal.
In the meantime, Wyman said she knows there’s a lot of confusion out there, but the truth is “we are still enrolling people” and there are still tax subsidies available to help lower monthly premiums based on family income.
An estimated 108,000 individuals have been enrolled in plans in Connecticut with the last two remaining private insurance companies participating in the exchange: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and ConnectiCare.
Wadleigh said he could see there were about 100 people on the phones at their call center shortly after 8 a.m. The call center will be open until 6 p.m. Monday and midnight Tuesday. The number for the call center is 1-855-805-4325.
The walk-in centers in New Britain and New Haven will be open until 5 p.m. Monday and midnight Tuesday. Wadleigh said he’s aware that lines are already forming at those locations.
“In years past, during the last few days of Open Enrollment, our call center volume and our website visitors increased by approximately 25 percent, we’re expecting similar volume this year,” Wadleigh said.
He said he guarantees that everyone who enrolls in a plan before midnight Tuesday will have health insurance.
“We expect our staff to be busy during the last few days, so we plan to honor enrollment if customers leave a voice mail message,” Wadleigh said. “As long as the message is left before the midnight deadline, we will honor their enrollment.”
For those who don’t have coverage in 2016, there will be a tax penalty of $695 or more.