EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials are discussing final efforts to enroll residents in health insurance plans before next week’s deadline.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman were scheduled to appear at the First Choice Health Center in East Hartford on Tuesday with Kevin Counihan, CEO of the state’s insurance marketplace, Access Health CT. They will announce outreach plans for the final week of open enrollment. People have until March 31 to sign up for coverage and avoid paying a financial penalty.

Those who don’t sign up will have to pay $95 or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater.

Access Health CT has already exceeded its goal of enrolling 100,000 individuals by March 31. As earlier this month, more than 150,000 had signed up for private coverage and Medicaid.

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