Connecticut health exchange concerned about coverage gap for 1,300

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HARTFORD — Officials at Connecticut’s health insurance exchange say they’re trying to limit any coverage gaps for the 1,300 people who will no longer be eligible for Medicaid starting September 1.

James Michele, director of operations at Access Health CT, said Wednesday that letters will be sent to recipients later this week, followed by robo-calls informing people about how to get replacement, private insurance coverage through the exchange.

The state’s new two-year, $40.3 billion budget reduced the income levels for certain people to qualify for Medicaid. The group includes parents and caregivers of children in the HUSKY insurance program. About 18,000 more will lose coverage next year.

Susan Rich-Bye, the exchange’s legal affairs director, said consumers must enroll in a private insurance plan by Aug. 15 to be covered on Sept. 1.