Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Shows Smaller-than-feared Decline

Matt Dwyer
January 17, 2019 - 3:07 pm

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(WTIC-AM) -- Officials with Connecticut's Obamacare health insurance marketplace today reported a small decline in the number of customers enrolled for 2019, despite Republican efforts on the federal level to curtail the program. 

About 111,000 people signed up for health insurance on Access Health CT.  

That's down about 3,000 from the year before, but in line with annual enrollment numbers that have moved up or down slightly each year, for the previous four years.  

During a meeting today, Access Health CT board members said they were relieved by the numbers, because of the many challenges Obamacare has faced recently.  

A federal judge ruled that Obamacare should be struck down and the financial tax penalty for not having health insurance is being eliminated. 

Nation-wide, the Trump administration also cut efforts to advertise exchanges and help people select plans.  

Access Health CT officials say the population of people getting coverage on the health insurance exchange was younger and had higher incomes than previous years. 

Connecticut's enrollment period was longer than some other states, that previously reported their enrollment numbers.