Enrollment in state health exchange nearly at 122,000

FI-access-health-ctThe state’s health insurance exchange, Access Health, announced Monday that 121,983 people had enrolled in coverage through the site since it opened Oct. 1. That puts the state seven weeks ahead of its self-imposed goal for enrolling 100,000 Connecticut residents and small businesses.

Enrollment through the site is open until March 31.

There have been some concerns about the state exchange, including an understaffed call center, and some issues with processing data through the site. But, compared with exchanges throughout the country, most notably the embattled federal HealthCare.gov site, Connecticut’s exchange rollout has been relatively smooth.

In December, Connecticut became the first state to exceed the enrollment projections set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS projected that Connecticut would enroll a total of 33,000 consumers by the end of open enrollment, and by December 23, Access Health CT had enrolled 34,295 consumers.

Access Health officials reported Monday that the site, www.accesshealthct.com had received  628,996 unique visitors, and that there had been 175,369 calls answered at the call center. The majority of those who enrolled in coverage through the site — about 71,000 — enrolled in some form of Medicaid and roughly 51,000 had enrolled in one of the private insurance carriers offered through the site.

Amanda Cuda