by Jennifer Swift
Sep 17, 2013
03:45 PMConnecticut Politics
Percentage of Uninsured Citizens in Connecticut Falls Back to 2001 Rates
The number of uninsured Connecticut residents dropped significantly over the past year because of the expansion of programs like Medicaid and HUSKY.
Census data released Tuesday showed the number of those uninsured dropped by 25 percent between 2011 and 2012.
The census report showed that 8.4 percent of the entire population, or 293,000 people, were without insurance, based on a two-year average of data from 2011 and 2012. That’s a significant decrease from 2009-2010 when 11.2 percent of the population lived without insurance, and returns the state back to uninsured rates in 2001-2002.
Connecticut’s rate of uninsured citizens is significantly lower than the country’s, which also decreased. From 2012 to 2011, the uninsured rate of all citizens decreased 0.3 percent, or by 600,000 people, remaining at a rate of 15.4 percent citizens uninsured.
According to Connecticut Voices for Children, a think-tank that advocates for children and families, much of the rise in insured rates isbecause of three different factors. In 2010, 42,000 more residents became eligible for Medicaid under the state’s expanded eligibility requirements. State and federal laws now permit young adults aged 18-26 to remain on their parents' health insurance plans.
The state also expanded the eligibility for state residents to enroll in HUSKY. CT Voices reported that HUSKY enrollment increased about 25 percent between July 2009 and July 2013.
CT Voices notes that health insurance coverage throughout the state rose in spite of high unemployment and a slow economic recovery.
The Affordable Health Care Act, which helped to expand Medicaid and young adult’s ability to stay on parent’s insurance, will also require all citizens who meet income requirements to enroll in health insurance starting Jan. 1 2014. Connecticut is utilizing a state-based health insurance exchange called Access Health CT for eligible citizens to purchase health insurance plans.Percentage of Uninsured Citizens in Connecticut Falls Back to 2001 Rates