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CT Exchange Contacting Incomplete Applicants

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace is contacting thousands of people who started, but did not complete, applications for coverage. They're being reminded that only a few days remain to get coverage on Jan. 1.

Kevin Counihan, the CEO of Access Health CT, said letters were being sent Friday by overnight mail and phone calls were being made, informing people about Monday's looming deadline to ensure coverage as of Jan. 1. Counihan said there are 25,933 incomplete enrollments.

Those who enroll after Monday can get insurance coverage beginning on Feb. 1.

Counihan said more than 47,000 people have been enrolled so far in private plans and Medicaid.

With Monday's deadline, Counihan said enrollment spiked more than expected, prompting what he called unacceptable call center wait times. Staffing was increased this week.

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