Event helps area residents get insurance


State Rep. Kim Fawcett and an Access Health CT employee welcome residents to the recent insurance enrollment fair at McKinley Elementary School.

The recent Access Health CT enrollment fair held at McKinley School was “a huge success,” with 64 people having completed health insurance enrollments at the four-hour event, said state Rep. Kim Fawcett, co-sponsor of the event.

“In an effort to help the state reach as many currently uninsured residents as possible before the March 31 enrollment deadline, Access Health focused on reaching out to people in a personal way, with trained enrollment officers available to help consult and, when necessary, hold people’s hands through the process,” Fawcett said. “This event was a huge success, actually one of the most successful, statewide. In addition to the 64 people who completed their enrollments, dozens of others were able to learn more about their insurance options and compare costs.”

Fawcett said the McKinley School neighborhood was one of several Connecticut communities identified through U.S. census data as having limited access to affordable health insurance. Fawcett then worked with Access Health CT and McKinley School to plan the community-based enrollment fair.

Fairfield resident Dayan Decastro said she was thrilled to learn that her family of five could save $200 per month by purchasing health insurance through Access Health CT. She said the money saved will most likely go toward college tuition.

Other residents said they took the opportunity to speak to an enrollment officer in person about problems they were having when trying to apply online for insurance.

“I could not get through online, and at the fair was finally able to get answers, fix my online applications, and buy insurance with a real person helping,” Fairfield resident Cassandra Dugan said.

Residents may still go online (accesshealthct.com) or call 1-855-805-HEALTH (1-855-805-4325) for information on available plans.

Fawcett urged people to make sure they are aware of all the insurance options available, some of which are new and can offer substantial savings. For instance, families earning less than $90,000 a year can earn a rebate, small businesses and self-employed people can qualify for tax breaks and legal immigrant families can now purchase private insurance more easily and affordably than ever before.

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