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Cost To Reach Connecticut’s Uninsured: $156 Million

by Barbara Nagy | Jan 6, 2014 11:59am
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Posted to: Health Care

What does it take to build a health insurance exchange that works?

An early start. A detailed plan. A staff and contractors who know what they’re doing. Lots of public outreach.

And, in Connecticut, $156.3 million.

That’s how much it’s expected to cost to get the new federally mandated exchange, Access Health CT, up and fully running. The exchange began enrolling people Oct. 1, but the “build” of the system continues through this year as bugs are fixed and functionality is added.

Connecticut, like 15 other states and the District of Columbia, is building its own locally based exchange — the marketplace where the uninsured must enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Multiply Connecticut’s costs nationally, and you get an idea of how enormous the undertaking is.

Click here to continue reading Barbara Nagy’s report.

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posted by: Art Vandelay | January 6, 2014  12:18pm

Connecticut would have been MUCH better off financially by totally rejecting Obamacare as did Louisiana, Wisconsin, and several other states.  It’s now going to cost taxpayers millions to insure a few thousand.

posted by: dano860 | January 6, 2014  1:24pm

“The bill is being footed entirely by federal grants over 2012, 2013 and 2014. The exchange has to be completely self-sustaining – that is, free of reliance on the federal grants – by Jan. 1, 2015.”
Is there anyone taking odds on this happening? I want a piece of that action…it will never happen!

posted by: jiddum | January 6, 2014  5:17pm

What a shame the Governor blocked our chance at real universal access and cost-controlling measures. The price tag on a public option would’ve been a measly $6 million and would’ve saved hundreds of millions down the road and prevented all this. Now we’re all paying the price for his political cowardice.