Gildred Ortiz, center and Julio Colon, right, receive help from outreach worker for Access Health CT, Cristela Solorio Ruiz during a grand opening for Connecticut's health insurance exchange's first insurance store, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in New Britain, Conn. The site, where people can visit to sign up for health coverage, is the first in the nation.
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On Thursday Connecticut opened the first storefront in the nation to help people sign-up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The storefront is in New Britain.
More than 96 percent of people who voluntarily filled out a survey after signing up for Connecticut’s health care exchange said they were satisfied with the experience. Kevin Counihan is the CEO of Access Health CT. He said Wednesday that 82 percent of respondents answered they were either extremely likely or very likely to recommend the Connecticut exchange to others.
Connecticut and New York residents can start to enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act on Oct 1. They’re two of 14 states plus the District of Columbia managing their own healthcare exchange, or marketplace.
The chief marketing officer for Connecticut's health insurance exchange says over 6,600 leads have been generated as of last week due to recent outreach efforts, including informational sessions across the state.
About 50 people took part in one of those informational sessions, which the exchange calls "healthy chats" on Thursday night in New Haven.