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Insurance Exchange Outreach In Connecticut Goes Far Afield

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A few weeks later, Counihan’s operation was at the Milford Oyster Festival, with a shucking competition. The goal was to reach an older, more suburban crowd.

Robert Harrington was there. He says he could get health insurance through his job, but he doesn’t. It’s too expensive, and he makes a calculation.

“A hundred dollars a week. You know. Do I pay health insurance [or] do my kids eat?” he asks.

Now, he doesn’t have much of a choice. He doesn’t like President Obama. And he doesn’t like Obamacare. But he doesn’t want to be penalized for being uninsured.

“You know, I got to do what I got to do. I don’t want to get fined. Cause it’s a tax!” he says.

And then there’s Gary Mott. He’s a tub refinisher with insurance, but he worries about his $10,000 deductible for the policy that covers him and his wife.

“For both of us all together, it’s about $450 (a month), so we’re good right now, as far as premiums go. But that deductible — if one or both of us gets sick, we’re in trouble. That’s how people end up losing their homes and such.”

So Mott could be one of the people who finds an option in Connecticut’s marketplace. Exchange head Counihan says he’s hoping to enroll about 100,000 in the first year alone.

This piece is part of a collaboration that includes NPR, WNPR, and Kaiser Health News.

Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communications organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Thu, Sep 12 2013

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