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CEO Says Conn. Health Exchange In ‘Good Shape’

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File photo of a doctor wearing a stethoscope. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The CEO of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange says the organization is on track to begin accepting applications when open enrollment begins this fall.

Kevin Counihan told reporters on Wednesday that Access Health CT recently underwent a readiness test with the federal government and received high marks. Counihan said he’s optimistic the exchange will be officially credentialed to operate sometime in the next couple of weeks.

The online marketplace, where individuals and small businesses will be able to compare and purchase health plans, was tested Tuesday night using living data. Counihan said the test, which involved verifying eligibility data with the federal government, was successful.

Open enrollment begins on Oct. 1, while coverage will start Jan. 1. Counihan doesn’t expect a massive rush to buy insurance plans on Oct. 1.

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