Two key reports were released by the US Census Bureau this week that paint a portrait of the uninsured in Connecticut. There was some good news: the number and percent of people uninsured in Connecticut is continuing to decline. It wasn’t that long ago that over 400,000 people lacked health insurance coverage in Connecticut – the two year average for 2009 and 2010 was 401,000. Now, the two year average for 2011 and 2012 stands at 293,500 – a significant decrease.
Analysis provided by Connecticut Voices for Children, one of Universal Health Care Foundation’s grantees, points to several reasons for these positive results, including two changes that are direct results of the Affordable Care Act:
- Expanded Medicaid coverage for low income single adults
- Allowing young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans
The census information also provides important information about the demographic and geographic breakdown of the uninsured. For example, while 14 percent of Connecticut’s residents are Hispanic or Latino, fully 30 percent of the uninsured are Hispanic or Latino. Uninsurance rates also vary widely by city and county.
October 1, the start of the open enrollment period for Access Health CT, Connecticut’s Health Insurance marketplace, is just around the corner. This updated census information should ensure that outreach and enrollment efforts are effectively targeted to reach the uninsured.