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Connecticut health insurance exchange enrolls 197,878; helping others complete applications


HARTFORD, Connecticut — Connecticut's health insurance marketplace announced Tuesday it has enrolled more than 197,000 people in private and Medicaid plans, a figure that could climb as people with incomplete applications are helped in the coming days.

The 197,878 total is nearly double the organization's original goal of enrolling 100,000 people, beginning in October.

Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT, said a record 5,917 residents signed up for coverage Monday, the final day of the open enrollment. Considering the last-minute surge in interest, Counihan said Access Health CT staff will reached out to people who may have experienced some difficulty in signing up for coverage.

"We will work diligently to follow up with everyone who left a voicemail yesterday (Monday) or visited one of the in-person enrollment locations to ensure their application is complete for coverage beginning May 1," Counihan said.

Access Health CT received 5,365 voicemail messages from customers with questions about their application. The marketplace also collected contact information from approximately 5,000 people who visited enrollment centers, worked with a broker or provided information online before the midnight deadline.

Of the 197,878 enrollees, Access Health CT said 76,597 enrolled with a private insurance carrier and 121,281 with government-funded Medicaid. A study is planned this summer to determine how many of those enrollees were previously uninsured.

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