Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Crisco convenes forum on health insurance act

HARTFORD - State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., D-Woodbridge, and state Rep. Robert Megna, D-New Haven, co-chairs of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, Friday convened an Informational Forum to measure progress toward Connecticut’s implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Jan. 1 is the effective date of the new federal law; the official enrollment period began Oct. 1.

Crisco and Megna were eager for lawmakers to hear from industry experts so they in turn could help ensure their constituents have access to the information, enrollment options, and sign-up capabilities they need to participate in options provided by the new federal law.

“The two key facets of the Affordable Care Act cannot be overstated, and the first of these is widespread enrollment to expand the pool of residents covered by insurance, to reduce costs for individual members of that pool,” Crisco said.
“And then with more residents receiving regular check-ups and early diagnoses, the overall cost of healthcare should go down with reduced demand for treatment of late-stage and chronic illness, and emergency room visits for routine matters.”

Access Health CT is the state’s health insurance exchange, established by state statute as the official medium between state residents and their participation in options provided by the federal law.
Kevin Counihan, chief executive officer of AccessHealthCT, was Friday’s first and featured presenter to update Connecticut’s enrollment statistics.

“It was gratifying to hear how smoothly Connecticut enrollments have been going through our state system in light of press coverage of enrollment difficulties and consumer confusion elsewhere,” Crisco said.
“The Informational Forum was quite comprehensive, providing updates from ACA administrators, a chance to gauge the impact of these changes from private sector providers, and the view from officials with the state Department of Insurance, which regulates the industry.”

Crisco said efficiencies at Access Health CT place the state among national leaders in enrollment results with a 97 percent approval rating from participants.
Access Health CT can be reached at www.accesshealthct.com or by calling 1-855-805-4325.

This is a press release from Crisco's office.

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