Deadline to enroll in health care plan fast-approaching


With the deadline to apply or change your healthcare insurance plan during open enrollment fast approaching, Access Health CT is holding several fairs where individuals can get one-on-one assistance in choosing and enrolling in a plan.

In addition to the fairs, individuals can look at plans, compare their options and choose the best one for their needs on the Access Health CT’s (AHCT) website, The site is the state’s health insurance exchange which was created by the Affordable Care Act.

In 2020, those who receive federal subsidies to help with their insurance coverage will see lower premiums for the year, according to an October article. But those not receiving subsidies will see premium increases of $116.

In September, the state Department of Insurance approved an average price increase of 3.65 percent on individual plans. Regulators approved an average increase of 2 percent among ConnectiCare plans, however the carrier had requested an average increase of 4.9 percent, according to the article. Meanwhile, Anthem had requested rate increases of 15.2 percent on individual plans, but regulators approved an average increase of 6.5 percent.

Access Health CT has/will host the following fairs:

Dec. 2, Middleton: Cross Street AME Zion Church, 440 West St., Middleton, (860) 344-9527, 5-8 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 3, Stratford: Birdseye Municipal Complex Cafeteria, 468 Birdseye St., Stratford, 5-8 p.m. Click here to  register.

Dec. 4, Meriden: American Legion Post 45, 835 Hanover Road, (203) 634-9876, 5-8 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 5, West Haven: West Haven High School, 1 McDonough Plz, (203) 937-4360, 5-8 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 7, East Hartford: Raymond Library, 840 Main Street, (860) 290-4329, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 9, Hamden: Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Ave., (203) 780-8890, 5-8 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 10, Manchester: Illing Middle School, cafeteria, 227 Middle Turnpike East, (860) 647-3400, 5-8 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 11, Willimantic: Windham Town Hall, 979 Main St., (860) 465-3000, 5-8 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 12, Danbury: Danbury Banquet Hall at Hatters Park, 7 East Hayestown Road, (203) 797-4632, 5-8 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 14, Bridgeport: St. Vincent’s Medical Center Cancer Center, 2800 Main St., (203) 576-6141, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 14, New Haven: James Hillhouse High School cafeteria, 480 Sherman Pkwy, (203) 497-7500, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 15, New Britain: CCSU ITBD Stanley Room, 185 Main St., (860) 832-0700, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register here.

Dec. 15, Waterbury: Waterbury City Hall, 235 Grand St., (203) 597-3444, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register here. 

In addition to the above fairs, people can also go to the following locations for help with health insurance enrollment. No appointment is necessary at these locations. 

Raymond Library, East Hartford: 840 Main St., (860) 290-4329, Monday thru Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

New Opportunities, Inc., Waterbury: 232 North Elm  St., (203) 575-9799, Monday thru Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ferguson Library, Stamford: 1 Public Library Plaza, (203) 964-1000, Monday thru Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Community Renewal Team, Hartford: 330 Market St., Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District, Bloomfield: 580 Cottage Grove Rd., (860) 561-7900, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Access Health CT extended the 2020 health insurance Open Enrollment period until January 15, 2020.

In many cases, consumers who take no action before Dec. 15 will be automatically renewed in the current insurance plan, according to the article.