AS­SESS HEALTH CT En­roll­ment bests last year

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HARTFORD — En­roll­ment in Ac­cess Health CT is higher this year than it was last year at this time, but time is run­ning out.

Of­fi­cials said they’ve en­rolled 9,685 cus­tomers who are new to the ex­change this year, and they’ve auto-en­rolled more than 91,000 cus­tomers who pur­chased plans with them in 2018. That brings to­tal en­roll­ment up to 101,054 in­di­vid­u­als as of Fri­day.

Last year, about 90,428 peo­ple had en­rolled by this time.

In all last year, Con­necti­cut en­rolled about 114,000 peo­ple, but not ev­ery­one stayed en­rolled. Some may have got­ten jobs that of­fered in­sur­ance, while oth­ers sim­ply stopped pay­ing their pre­mi­ums. The num­ber of en­rollees dropped to about 96,000 this year.

Cus­tomers who pur­chased plans in 2018 should have re­ceived their an­nual re­newal no­tice be­tween Oct. 24 and 27. Auto-re­newals started hap­pen­ing au­to­mat­i­cally on Nov. 19.

Cus­tomers who re­ceived a no­tice say­ing they are el­i­gi­ble to be au­to­mat­i­cally en­rolled for 2019 still have choices and can pick a dif­fer­ent plan, Ac­cess Health CT Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing An­drea Ravitz said.

Pre­mi­ums in some of the 17 plans of­fered by An­them and Con­nec­tiCare may have gone up or down so of­fi­cials are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to shop. The two com­pa­nies of­fered 20 plans last year.

Cus­tomers might have also got­ten a no­tice say­ing they are not el­i­gi­ble to be au­to­mat­i­cally en­rolled, in which case they need to take ac­tion and pick a plan dur­ing open en­roll­ment, be­fore Dec. 15, in or­der to have cov­er­age for 2019.

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