September 2014

Enrollment in Connecticut's HUSKY Program Increased Under the Affordable Care Act

Mary Alice Lee, Ph.D. and Sharon Langer, M.Ed., J.D.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Connecticut is getting closer to covering every eligible Connecticut resident.

Outreach and application assistance campaigns coordinated by Access Health CT, with assistance from the Covering Connecticut’s Kids and Families coalition of community-based organizations,  helped the uninsured obtain coverage and likely contributed to increasing enrollment in both HUSKY and in private health insurance plans. 

Compared to average monthly enrollment in the pre-expansion baseline (July to September 2013), HUSKY Program enrollment increased by over 101,000 individuals (16%) by June 2014.  As expected, the greatest increase (67.4%) was in HUSKY D, since income eligibility for these low-income adults without dependent children was greatly expanded in January 2014.

Connecticut policy makers should continue to monitor enrollment trends to track the impact of the ACA on coverage and costs.   In September, eligibility redeterminations will resume for HUSKY clients whose coverage was extended earlier in the year during the program transition.

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Health