NEW HAVEN — The uninsured rate has increased in Connecticut in recent years, according to newly-released census data from the American Community Survey. Connecticut Voices for Children, a research-based policy think tank, attributed the increase in the uninsured rate to the struggling economy and a possible decline in employment-based health insurance coverage. The organization anticipates that the uninsured rate will improve in 2014 as more residents sign up for health coverage through Access Health Connecticut, the health insurance marketplace established under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
There was a statistically significant increase in the percentage of people under age 65 who were without health insurance in the state, growing from 8.8 percent in 2009 to 9.4 percent in 2013. There has been no statistically significant change in the number of uninsured Connecticut children in recent years. Connecticut Voices for Children credited the state’s HUSKY health insurance program for helping to hold down the numbers of the uninsured by enrolling uninsured children and their families.
National and state-level data on health insurance coverage are available on the U.S. Census website at census.gov. Health insurance data are drawn from the American Community Survey (ACS).