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CT Holds Firm On Affordable Care Act Deadline

by Christine Stuart | Mar 27, 2014 10:04am
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Posted to: Health Care

The White House may be extending the enrollment period for people who want to sign up for plans on the federal health insurance exchange, but Connecticut is holding firm to its March 31 deadline.

Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan said that since Connecticut is a state-based exchange it will stick to the midnight, March 31 deadline.

Those who enroll by that time will have health coverage effective May 1.

In order to avoid a tax penalty next year residents must have some form of health insurance before the March 31 deadline.

Earlier this week, more than 170,000 Connecticut residents had signed up for plans through the exchange. About 62 percent enrolled in Medicaid and 38 percent enrolled with one of the three private carriers.

Counihan said earlier this week that his goal was to enroll 185,000 individuals before the March 31 deadline. 

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posted by: GBear423 | March 27, 2014  10:46am

GBear423

If its a Federal mandate, and a Federal Tax Penalty, exactly what authority does Connecticut have on the matter? If you’re late, go to the Fed site.
Harry Reid said we are uneducated in the ways of the Internet stuff so mandate shmandate!

posted by: Christine Stuart | March 27, 2014  12:07pm

Christine Stuart

GBear423, If you live in Connecticut you can not purchase insurance on the federal exchange. You HAVE to use Access Health CT. Sorry.
Christine

posted by: GBear423 | March 27, 2014  1:46pm

GBear423

no apology needed, I don’t have to use either.  =)

But I think there is a follow up needed: Will Connecticut fine its Citizens for registering after March 31st?  Because it appears the Federal Government will not. Or will they? What penalty is there??  If there is no Penalty then there is no point in a deadline, especially a deadline that moves for Political Campaign convenience.