Lawmakers convene forum to discuss health care act

Joseph Crisco
Joseph Crisco

HARTFORD — State Sen. Joseph Crisco, Jr. (D-17) and state Rep. Robert Megna (D-97), co-chairs of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, convened an informational forum Nov. 22 to measure progress toward Connecticut’s implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Jan. 1 is the effective date of the new federal law. The official enrollment period began October 1.

“The two key facets of the Affordable Care Act cannot be overstated, and the first of these is widespread enrollment to expand the pool of residents covered by insurance, to reduce costs for individual members of that pool,” Crisco said in a press release. “And then with more residents receiving regular check-ups and early diagnoses, the overall cost of healthcare should go down with reduced demand for treatment of late-stage and chronic illness, and emergency room visits for routine matters.”

Access Health CT is the state’s health insurance exchange, established by state statute as the official medium between state residents and their participation in options provided by the federal law, according to a press release issued by Crisco’s office.

Crisco said in the release efficiencies at Access Health CT place the state among national leaders in enrollment results with a 97 percent approval rating from participants. Access Health CT can be reached at or (855) 805-4325.