Harford, CT - Access Health was informed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday of their formal approval to connect with the Federal data services hub, a critical component in performing eligibility and enrollment functions when the new marketplace goes live on October 1st. While testing of the connection between Access Health CT’s online system and the Federal data services hub have been ongoing, today marks the successful conclusion of these test.
“This is a major milestone,” said Kevin Counihan, CEO of Access Health CT. “Establishing the connection with the Federal hub was a highly complex undertaking, and one which was approached with the utmost attention to accuracy and security. We couldn’t be more pleased to meet the high standards set in place for connection approval, and move one step closer to launching our marketplace in just 7 days.”
The Federal data hub will serve as a key source to verify information entered by applicants applying for insurance through Access Health CT. Verification with multiple Federal sources such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Homeland Security among others, will be used to confirm identity of applicants for their safety and security, as well as aid in determining individuals eligibility for tax credits which may lower the cost of individuals monthly premiums.
“Our information technology team has worked tirelessly to ensure this critical connection was operational for our launch,” said Jim Wadleigh, CIO of Access Health CT. “We look forward to monitoring performance of the connection as we move out of testing, and begin actual operations on October 1st.”