WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement regarding Access Health CT’s announcement that over 208,000 Connecticut residents have enrolled in an affordable health insurance plan through Access Health CT, in addition to 23,000 children aged 21-26 who can now stay on their parents’ plans because of the Affordable Care Act. The board of directors of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Maryland’s affordable insurance exchange – voted earlier this month to replace technology in its health exchange website with the more successful technology used by Access Health CT.

“I am extremely pleased that over 200,000 individuals and families in Connecticut have been able to find affordable health plans through Access Health CT, the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange. More than doubling its initial enrollment goal, Access Health CT is rightly being recognized by other states as a model for helping families find the plan that’s right for them.

My constituents in Southwest Connecticut continue to reap the benefits of health care reform – receiving hundreds of thousands of free preventive services, seeing prescription drug costs decrease, and keeping children on their insurance plans until age 26.  With the first open enrollment period concluding successfully, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Connecticut and in Congress to make the Affordable Care Act even more beneficial to Connecticut families with each passing year.”