Connecticut’s Health Care Exchange Receives Key Approval

September 25, 2013

Connecticut’s health insurance exchange has finished testing its connection with the federal data services hub, a final step toward opening the online marketplace next month.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday gave final approval to the exchange, known as Access Health CT, to connect with the hub. Information from the federal databank, including Internal Revenue Service records, will be used to help determine eligibility for insurance affordability programs, as well as to confirm the identities of applicants.

Open enrollment in the online health insurance marketplace begins Oct. 1.

Kevin Counihan, the exchange’s CEO, said establishing the connection with the federal hub was a highly complex undertaking that involved “the utmost attention to accuracy and security.” He called Monday’s final approval “a major milestone” for the exchange.

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