News from Around New England - Connecticut
CT Office of Health Care Access Releases New Report On Health Insurance Coverage
An estimated 5.8% of the state's population, or 196,200 residents, were uninsured at the time they were surveyed according to 2004 Household Survey results released in January 2005 by the State of Connecticut Office of Health Care Access (OHCA).
While the survey found that most state residents have health insurance and regularly access the health care system, pockets of uninsurance remain. Low income families, Hispanics and young adults have a greater likelihood of being uninsured than other groups.
The survey was fielded earlier this year by the University of CT's Center for Survey Research and Analysis and consisted of over 3,500 telephone interviews of individuals regarding their health insurance coverage, medical costs and utilization of health care services.
The survey's margin of error is 0.8%, therefore, the 95% confidence interval for the uninsured estimate (5.8%) ranges from 5.0 to 6.6%. The survey was also translated into Spanish providing respondents with the option of answering in Spanish or English.
The survey also found that 64% of residents are covered by employment-based health insurance, a slight decline from 2001 (66%) and that the share of people covered by government health insurance programs increased by 2% since 2001, mirroring national coverage trends. Although young working age adults (19-44 yrs.) comprise just over one-third of CT's population, they account for more than two-thirds of its uninsured.
"Nearly three of every five uninsured CT residents are working adults who may not have access to employer sponsored insurance," stated OHCA Commissioner Cristine Vogel. "Improving and maintaining access to work-based coverage is one strategy that will reduce the number of uninsured people and will improve their access to health care services."
A complete copy of this report can be found on OHCA's website at: www.ct.gov/ohca.