Learn about Obamacare plans at meeting

Access Health CT, the new health insurance exchange for Connecticut under Obamacare, will hold an informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport.

The public meetings are being held in various places around the state, and the Bridgeport one is the closest scheduled location to Shelton.

Being promoted as  “Healthy Chats,” the meetings are being organized so people can learn more about how Access Health CT will work and can ask questions about the exchange system.

Access Health CT will offer various health insurance plans from outside providers to the public. Under the new federal healthcare law, known to many as Obamacare, these exchanges will be set up in every state, either by state governments or the federal government.

The federal Affordable Care Act was approved by U.S. Congress in 2010.

Beginning Oct. 1, individuals and families in Connecticut will be able to go to an online one-stop shop to research potential healthcare plans they can purchase.

Rates may decrease for some

Access Health CT has announced the initial state Insurance Department health care rates to be available through the exchange.

“This is good news,” Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan said at the time, “because our preliminary analysis indicates that many residents in Connecticut may actually see their insurance rates go down, while for those who may see increases, they will be far less than was predicted even just a few months ago.

“These rates are a clear signal that the introduction of a competitive marketplace works,” Counihan continued, “and gets us one step closer to our goal: access to quality, affordable health care, with freedom to choose from a variety of high quality plans for the people in Connecticut who currently don’t have it.”

About Access Health CT

Access Health CT was created by the state Legislature in 2011 and is a quasi-public agency established to meet requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act.  Its mission is to increase the number of insured residents in Connecticut, promote health, lower costs and eliminate health disparities.

Access Health CT is working to provide a simple online shopping and enrollment process for state residents and small businesses, starting with open enrollment this October.

Learn more at www.AccessHealthCT.com.