Starting on January 1, 2014, health insurance is going to get a much needed makeover in the state of Connecticut thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. Individuals with pre-existing conditions can't be turned down for health insurance and if you don't make enough money to afford premiums, the government will kick in some money to help you.
There is a lot of confusion about how the new law will work, and state agencies, the federal government, and even insurance companies are trying to pass on the information as best as they can. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of what they have to say is getting lost in translation by the news media. If you want to understand what's going on directly from the source, follow these organizations on social media channels:
Access Health CT: this is the state insurance exchange where you can go to compare plans and purchase insurance. Think of it as a service like Travelocity or Expedia, but for insurance. You can see all the prices in one place for identical plans from each provider.
HealthyCT: the state's first non-profit health insurer, HealthyCT was setup under the Affordable Care Act as a CO-OP. Under this model, any profits will go back into improving services offered to members instead of into shareholder pockets.
Healthcare.gov: the official voice of the Affordable Care Act on the Federal level. If you're interested in the big picture you might want to follow this too, although Access Health CT has the best state specific information for CT residents.