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Online Chat: How Has Health Reform Changed Access In The Individual Market

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How has federal health reform changed a person's ability to get health coverage?

To what degree were pre-existing conditions a problem before the federal law? What state laws already protected consumers from being dropped by their insurers before federal reform was passed?

Who is, and how many people are, affected by the policy changes?

These questions and more will be addressed in an online health chat from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, on the home page of Courant.com. Here is a direct link to the chat.

Guests include:

Kathy Walsh, a lead examiner in the Connecticut Insurance Department's Consumer Affairs Unit.

Jesse D. McDonald, an independent health insurance broker in Milford, Conn., specializing in individual health insurance programs for Connecticut residents.

Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America's Health Insurance Plans, a trade group for health insurance companies.

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Matthew Sturdevant is the insurance reporter at The Hartford Courant. He grew up in East Aurora, N.Y., a small village near Buffalo. He started his journalism career in 1999 ... read more

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