In an effort to increase access to affordable health insurance coverage, Access Health CT recently launched a new special enrollment period for low-income residents.
As part of this effort, there are two Access Health Navigator locations in Connecticut that provide free in-person help outside of regular open enrollment times. These are the Community Renewal Team in Hartford and Project Access in New Haven.
According to Caroline Lee Ruwet, director of marketing for Access Health CT, the new special enrollment period creates access to free or very low-cost plans made possible through grants from the American Rescue Plan Act. Lee Ruwet explained that to be eligible, Connecticut residents must be new or returning customers who are not currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through Access Health CT. Applicants must be eligible for advance premium tax credits and have a household income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.
Those who enroll during the special enrollment period, which began on April 25, can have coverage begin the first of the month following enrollment. The plans continue through 2022 unless the enhanced subsidies are extended beyond 2022 through federal legislation, Lee Ruwet said.
“Access Health CT is committed to creating access to affordable health insurance coverage,” she said. “This special enrollment period takes advantage of enhanced subsidies to help Connecticut residents access the care they need at more affordable prices.”
Jacqueline Sánchez, program coordinator and Access Health CT navigator at Project Access-New Haven, said that while they didn’t get a lot of traffic during the special registration period, it’s helpful to have the help. in person for customers, especially in the New Haven area, which has a large Hispanic community. They also offer translation services for those who need help with other languages.
Sánchez said the registration specialist puts customers at ease because they can see the screen where their information is entered. Additionally, Sanchez mentioned that completing the application can be overwhelming for people with learning disabilities or anxiety, so having the help in person is also helpful. She said customers from Guilford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Fairfield and New Haven visit Project Access for help with getting insurance.
Project Access is located at 63 York St., New Haven and can be reached by phone at 203-773-0838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is https://pa-nh.org/.
The Community Renewal Team is located at 555 Windsor Street, Hartford and can be reached at 860-560-5600 or on the web at https://www.crtct.org/contact/.
For help determining eligibility and to register, call the Access Health CT Call Center at 1-855-805-4325.
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