Connecticut took a major step forward today in its goal to provide access to health insurance for every resident. In a press conference yesterday, Access Health CT (AHCT) announced that the number of uninsured Connecticut residents decreased by more than 50 percent, to about 147,166.
Kevin Counihan, CEO of AHCT, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, each expressed their enthusiasm with the findings. Universal Health Care Foundation (UHCF) applauds statewide efforts that have resulted in access to insurance for about 256,000 Connecticut residents.
The newly insured are family members, friends and colleagues. They took advantage of an opportunity and walked through the door to affordable health care. Unfortunately, there are still more standing outside.
Simply stated, there is still work to be done.
- Everyone should share with as many people as possible in their professional and personal circles that CT residents can apply for Medicaid (HUSKY) insurance on a year-round basis.
- Residents who experience a “Special Enrollment Qualifying Life Event” can apply for insurance coverage before the next open enrollment period begins (November 15, 2014). These life events include: “child birth, adoption, death of a household member, marriage, loss of current health care coverage, loss or reduction in employer insurance contributions, new legal CT or U.S. residency, or U.S. lawful presence.” For more information, visit accesshealthct.com or call 1-855-805-4325.
- According to an article, “… there are still about 147,166 residents in the state without insurance.” Prior to the next open enrollment period, which begins on November 15, 2014, a concrete plan to reach uninsured residents should be developed and implemented. A statewide effort must continue to reach fellow residents, so they can join the ranks of the insured.
As for the newly-insured, the article states, “The goal going into the second year is keeping the 256,666 residents who signed up through the exchange insured…” Keeping CT residents insured is a priority. Access to health care insurance is an important first step.
In the meantime, Connecticut must keep the momentum going and gear up for the next open enrollment.