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40,000 Connecticut residents could be eligible for no-cost health insurance


Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace is hosting in-person health fairs across the state from now until September.

Caroline Lee Ruwet, marketing director with Access Health CT, said the state-backed healthcare program is based on household income levels and whether they meet certain national poverty standards.

Eligibility criteria for the “Covered CT Program” can be found online — for example, a family of four could make up to $46,375.

“You can always connect with us, in-person, over the phone or online,” Lee-Rewet said, “and a lot of our upcoming events, too, to make sure you understand that income requirement.”

Adult residents — between 18 and 65 years old — can enroll at any time throughout the year for this program, which covers not only their monthly premium but all their out-of-pocket expenses, like copays, deductibles, and prescription drug costs.

“So, it truly is a program for those that are eligible to have no-cost health insurance,” she said.

Over 11,000 Connecticut residents have already signed up for the state’s health insurance. Lee Ruwet said they want to attract to the fairs around the state 40,000 residents who could be eligible.

  • Hartford: Wednesday, August 3 at Advancing CT Together (ACT), located at 110 Bartholomew Avenue, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Bridgeport: Wednesday, August 10 at Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program (GPAPP), Inc., located at 1470 Barnum Avenue, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • New Haven: Wednesday, August 17 at Evergreen Family Oriented Tree, Inc., located at 43 Norton Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Register here
  • Waterbury: Wednesday, September 7 at New Opportunities, Inc., located at 232 North Elm Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Torrington: Wednesday, September 14 at New Opportunities, Inc., located at 59 Field Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
An award-winning freelance reporter/host for WSHU, Brian lives in southeastern Connecticut and covers stories for WSHU across the Eastern side of the state.