Access Health Plans Smaller Enrollment Assistance Effort This Year

In lieu of the November 15 start date of the next insurance enrollment period, Connecticut’s exchange is planning an in-person outreach effort-but it’s only a fraction of last year’s nearly $3 million sign-up blitz. Although the outreach plan is still in draft form, critics say it’s inadequate for reducing the number of uninsured residents in the state. The plan calls for using six agencies to serve as the mobile enrollment and education centers during the sign-up period. The draft also calls for a year-round assistance program to help people understand how to use their coverage. One of the primary reasons for this dramatic reduction in funds is due to the fact that there are no federal funds available this year to support the efforts. Experts say this year will be more complicated, with the “dual challenge of keeping existing members insured while trying to reach the remaining uninsured, who could be harder to persuade to get coverage.”

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