October 2018

Declining Health Insurance Coverage and Stagnant Incomes in Connecticut: Latest Data from the American Community Survey

Rachel Silbermann, Ph.D., Karen Siegel, M. P. H.

In this report, we analyze the US Census Bureau released 2017 data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Census Bureau’s most detailed look at income, health insurance, poverty, and other topics at the state and local level. The ACS data for Connecticut suggests that progress for families in the state is eroding. With an ongoing state fiscal crisis and federal threats to the social safety net, conditions will likely worsen in 2018.

Main findings for 2017 include:

  • An estimated 21,000 more people in the state lacked health insurance in 2017 compared to 2016, for an increase of 0.6 percentage points in the uninsured rate.

  • This is likely because budget cuts led to 11,000 parents losing access to HUSKY A (Medicaid for children, parents, and pregnant women) in the summer of 2016.

  • Between 2016 and 2017, median household income was stagnant.

  • Black and Latino households continue to face barriers to economic equality, earning less than two-thirds of what White households earn. Although White households have seen their income rise to their pre-recession level when adjusted for inflation, Black and Latino households have not.

  • Despite shrinking unemployment in Connecticut, neither poverty nor child poverty declined between 2016 and 2017 to a degree that was statistically significant. In contrast, both poverty and child poverty declined nationally.

  • Compared to White residents, Black residents are more than twice as likely to experience poverty, and Latino residents are over three times as likely.

Issue Areas:
Family Economic Security, Health