Connecticut Exchange Extends Insurance Sign-Up Deadline

Bernie Loubier
December 16, 2018 - 9:53 am

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's health insurance exchange is extending its open enrollment period for another month. 

Access Health CT's deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1 is Saturday at midnight. However, the exchange announced Saturday afternoon that customers now have until Jan. 15 to sign up for coverage that starts on Feb. 1. 

The previously planned extension comes after a federal district court judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act is "invalid" following last year's tax cut bill, which knocked the constitutional foundation from under the law by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage.  Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer James Michel says the ruling does not affect the ability of Connecticut residents to sign up for and use 2019 insurance plans through the exchange.