Jeff Cohen http://hppr.org en Connecticut Looks To Sell Its Obamacare Exchange To Other States http://hppr.org/post/connecticut-looks-sell-its-obamacare-exchange-other-states Kevin Counihan, the CEO of <a href="https://www.accesshealthct.com/">Access Health CT</a>, is walking through the 15th floor of a downtown Hartford office building that houses Connecticut's health insurance marketplace. He passes the legal department, the IT folks and the consultants, then stops in front of three large, wall-mounted computer screens.<p>"These are showing in real time, activity on our website. So, for example, right now you're looking at the number of concurrent users on the site," Counihan says. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 28523 at http://hppr.org Connecticut Looks To Sell Its Obamacare Exchange To Other States New Law Stubs Toe On A Tough Unknown: Who Owns The Guns? http://hppr.org/post/new-law-stubs-toe-tough-unknown-who-owns-guns Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>It appears thousands of Connecticut residents may have failed to comply with that state's new gun registration law. The sale of guns categorized by the state as assault weapons were banned after Newtown. Connecticut also created a registry for residents who already own them. Failure to register is a felony. But Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR reports that officials have no way to identify the new group of criminals and no plans to round them up. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 28281 at http://hppr.org One Year After Newtown, Still No Answer To 'Why' http://hppr.org/post/one-year-after-newtown-still-no-answer-why As Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy sped from Hartford to Newtown nearly a year ago, the death toll kept rising. When he arrived on the scene, he found himself in charge — and it fell to him to answer the question: How long should family members have to wait to learn that their loved ones were gone?<p>Malloy decided that he was going to do what he thought was right. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:48:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 25516 at http://hppr.org One Year After Newtown, Still No Answer To 'Why' Call Centers Got Big Deals Under Health Law, But How Big? http://hppr.org/post/call-centers-got-big-deals-under-health-law-how-big Before the Affordable Care Act was even open for enrollment, Viviana Alvarado was already taking calls from people who wanted to know more.<p>She and about 40 of her colleagues are staffing the phones for <a href="http://www.maximus.com/">Maximus</a>, the company Connecticut has contracted to run its call center.<p>The government contractors running the troubled HealthCare.gov website have been under intense scrutiny in the past month, but those businesses aren't the only ones being paid to rollout Obamacare.<p>In the states that are running their own health care exchanges, practices vary. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23882 at http://hppr.org Call Centers Got Big Deals Under Health Law, But How Big? Connecticut's Insurance Website Struggles At Opening http://hppr.org/post/connecticuts-insurance-website-struggles-opening Today is the day the uninsured can sign up for insurance on Connecticut's new health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act. But technical glitches have hampered the rollout.<p>Kevin Counihan is pretty good at managing expectations. He's the head of Access Health CT, the agency that runs the state's new health insurance marketplace.<p>He's got his eyes on 2016 and beyond. By then, he says, we'll be able to judge whether the health care overhaul has succeeded.<p>So, for him, Oct. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:04:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 22368 at http://hppr.org Connecticut's Insurance Website Struggles At Opening Connecticut Takes Obamacare To The People http://hppr.org/post/connecticut-takes-obamacare-people All across Connecticut, you can see billboards and TV ads, hear radio spots and get pamphlets about how to get insurance under the new health care law starting Oct. 1.<p>But the state is also using less traditional, and more expensive, ways to get the word out.<p>At state beaches this summer, outreach workers handed out tubes of sunscreen that said, "Get Covered." The state is opening up Apple-like <a href="http://courantblogs.com/dan-haar/health-exchange-to-open-obamacare-storefronts-in-seven-ct-cities/">storefronts</a>. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 21554 at http://hppr.org Connecticut Takes Obamacare To The People