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Health Exchange 'Exceeded Expectations'



    One week into the states new health insurance marketplace and Access Health CT is reporting encouraging numbers for people signing up for health insurance. (Published Monday, Oct. 7, 2013)

    One week after a key provision of the new health care law went into effect Connecticut's health insurance marketplace has exceeded expectations.

    Officials from Access Health CT say thousands have been calling and logging on to shop around for plans.
    "I thought if we could get 100 to 500 people by the end of the month, it would be a really good start," said Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT.
    But the numbers exceed that.
    Since October 1st, 1,175 people have enrolled, 6700 have called into the call center and more than 101,000 have visited the website. Furthermore the age demographics of those who have signed up are evenly split between the ages of 18 and 64.
    "That was one of the most encouraging things that we were seeing," said Counihan.
    Many states have struggled to get the Affordable Care Act off the ground. The national website which serves more than two dozen states has been plagued by glitches. Connecticut runs its own exchange.
    There were website glitches on day one in Connecticut. Counihan said those have been fixed.
    "We were down for an hour and a half on Tuesday due to a firewall issue and we've been stable ever since," said Counihan.

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