Access Health center opens in N.B.

 Access Health CT unveiled the nation’s first health care enrollment center last week in New Britain. The enrollment center offers in-person assistance to guide consumers through the process of enrolling for health care coverage, and individual computer work stations where individuals can shop for options and enroll in the plan of their choice.
 “Our goal is to reach as many of Connecticut’s uninsured residents as possible with information about health care reform and how they can obtain coverage,” said Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, co-chair of the AHCT board and a longtime advocate for health reform, according to a press release from Access Health CT. “The Access Health CT team has attended hundreds of community events, including fairs, festivals and farmers ’ markets, answered over 26,200 phone calls in the first month of open enrollment, trained over 300 Navigators and Assisters, and is now offering a first-of-its kind retail store front to connect with consumers.”
 “Healthcare reform is one of the most significant national policy changes we’ve been fortunate enough to see in our lifetime,” said Governor Dannel Malloy in a press release. “With the enrollment centers and in-person outreach, we’re taking a topic of national importance and connecting with people one-on-one at the most local level. It’s this kind of personal outreach that’s going to make a difference in demonstrating the benefits and value of health care reform for our Connecticut residents.”
The New Britain enrollment center, located at 200 Main St., is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The center is easily accessible by bus, and parking is available nearby. The center is designed to be family friendly with an area for children to play while their parents or guardians meet with an AHCT staff member.
Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling the AHCT call center at (855)805-4325.
For information about coverage options in Connecticut, and to find answers about the plans and subsidies available under the Affordable Care Act, residents can also continue to call 1-855-805-4325 or go to www.access
In-person assistance is also available in all communities from insurance brokers certified by AHCT and Navigators and Assisters – the list of qualified individuals is available online. The enrollment period runs from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

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