September 13, 2017

Anthem, ConnectiCare commit to CT's exchange

Anthem and ConnectiCare Benefits Inc. have committed to participate in Connecticut's health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, for 2018, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman announced today.

The decision removes a cloud of coverage uncertainty for about 100,000 residents who purchase coverage through the exchange, which also announced it will be relocating its enrollment centers in New Haven and New Britain and opening 10 new ones on Nov. 1 to assist customers during the upcoming open enrollment.

"The Connecticut Insurance Department understood the need to make a final decision on rates to allow open enrollment to begin on time," Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade, said in today's announcement from the governor's office. "We have done that, giving carriers the final piece of information they needed to make a decision about continued participation. This gives our consumers and the exchange much needed certainty going into next year."

Access Health, meanwhile, said its enrollment centers will continue to help customers get free help to sign up for healthcare coverage. The 10 locations will complement the help offered by state field offices and the hundreds of enrollment specialists like certified brokers and application counselors around Connecticut, CEO Jim Wadleigh said.

Exact sites for the 10 new locations are not yet final, but AHCT is looking at spaces that include community health centers, public libraries, YMCAs. Cities and towns chosen are Bridgeport, Danbury, East Hartford, Hartford, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Norwich, Stamford and Waterbury.

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