Somers wants Access Health CT enrollment extended

December 13, 2018

Somers wants Access Health CT enrollment extended

State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, called Thursday for Access Health CT’s sign-up period to be extended beyond its scheduled end at midnight Saturday.

Somers said she has received numerous calls from constituents who say they haven’t been able to reach the state health insurance exchange to sign up for 2019 health care coverage.

“I’ve been getting complaints that the internet is slow and that when people call, they’re on the phone for hours and still can’t get through. When they leave a message, no one calls them back,” Somers said.

Insurance brokers who assist customers have been experiencing similar problems, she said.

The whole idea is to provide access to health care, so if the system’s overloaded we should extend the enrollment period,” Somers said.

Somers said the enrollment period should be extended by a month.

Access Health CT has been operating seven enrollment centers around the state since the enrollment period began Nov. 1.

One of the locations is at the Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road, which will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.