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More in Connecticut Have Health Insurance

More than 93 percent of Connecticut residents had health insurance in 2014. Credit: tpsdave/Pixabay.com
More than 93 percent of Connecticut residents had health insurance in 2014. Credit: tpsdave/Pixabay.com
September 17, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show more Connecticut residents have health insurance, but there may be trouble ahead for some Medicaid recipients.

More than 93 percent of state residents, an increase of almost 3 percent over the previous year, and 96 percent of children in the state had health insurance in 2014.

Mary Alice Lee, a senior policy fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children, credits the gains to implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid.

"Now it has expanded to cover many previously uninsured, low-income adults who just did not have access to insurance or access to affordable coverage," she states.

Nationally, 88 percent of adults and 94 percent of children had health insurance in 2014. But there are concerns that recent changes to Medicaid eligibility for Connecticut families could result in some losing their insurance in the coming year.

According to Lee, children are more likely to be insured when their parents are insured.

"So we believe that the changes to the income-eligibility level for about 20,000 parents in Connecticut have the potential for affecting coverage for children as well," she says.

Meanwhile, health care advocates say while the gains in insurance coverage both nationally and in Connecticut are encouraging, there is still work to be done.

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - CT