Deadline Brings High Interest for Health Insurance
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Officials say a mad rush to sign up for health insurance before last night’s midnight deadline could put the government on track to have more than 7 million Americans enrolled.
But the administration has not said how many of those who already have signed up closed the deal by paying their first month’s premiums. And it doesn’t know how many of those signups were previously uninsured. That’s considered the real test of Obama’s health care overhaul.
Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan says the exchange was “swamped” on Monday, prompting the predictions of possibly 200,000 total enrollees among Connecticut residents since open enrollment began in October.
Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledges the large enrollment numbers in Connecticut came somewhat as a surprise. Given the state’s apparent success, Malloy adds that Connecticut is ready to partner with other states interested in using Access Health CT’s technology.