Connecticut Customers Rush To Retail Store To Buy Obamacare

A man leaves Access Health CT's insurance store in New Britain, Conn.i i

hide captionA man leaves Access Health CT’s insurance store in New Britain, Conn.


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A man leaves Access Health CT's insurance store in New Britain, Conn.

A man leaves Access Health CT’s insurance store in New Britain, Conn.

Jessica Hill/AP

Mike Dunn stands inside a store in downtown New Haven, looking through the big glass windows at his future customers outside. He’s not selling phones or food or clothes. He’s selling Obamacare.

There’s one week left to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and states have gone to great lengths to enroll as many people up as possible. In Connecticut, the exchange has opened two retail storefronts where people can walk in and sign up.

“So, it’s just about 10 o’clock when we open up, and we’re just starting to see lines forming for people coming in as soon as we open,” he says.

That’s become normal, he says, as the March 31 deadline for enrolling in Obamacare approaches. With just days to go, Connecticut’s exchange, Access Health CT, has done a better job than most states at enrolling people who are eligible. Strategies like opening a retail store like this one may have played a role in that.

A few dozen people have come

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/03/24/292315954/connecticut-customers-rush-to-retail-store-to-buy-obamacare?ft=1&f=131849999

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