Tuesday began the annual open enrollment period for Americans to enroll in a health insurance plan.
In Connecticut, the state-run program is called Access Health CT. Residents can browse their website to start looking at quotes from two companies – Anthem and Connecticare.
There were four insurers during last year's open enrollment period, but United Healthcare and HealthyCT are no longer participating.
Insurance prices have increased this year. The Department of Insurance approved a 22.4 percent increase for Anthem plans on the state’s exchange and a 17.4 percent increase for Connecticare plans.
Residents will need certain documents, such as a social security number or visa, green card or other immigration documents, their most recent tax return, employer information and current insurance coverage, to apply for a plan.
The least expensive monthly plan for an individual is $170 a month with a $7,000 deductible.
The federal government can fine any resident without insurance. Open enrollment doesn’t end until Jan. 31, 2017, but to avoid a gap in coverage, residents must sign up by Dec. 15, 2016, which allows coverage to start on Jan. 1, 2017.
Besides using the exchange's website, consumers can contact the call center at 855-805-4325 or visit Access Health CT's storefronts in New Britain and New Haven.
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