Mary Alice Lee, Ph.D
The latest data from the US Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) indicate that in 2011, an estimated 43,000 Connecticut children under 18 (5.3%) were uninsured for the entire year. There were no statistically significant changes in the 2-year average uninsured rates for all persons under 65 or for children under 18, compared with estimates for the previous 2-year period.
An estimated 20,000 Connecticut children under 19 who lived in families with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($45,612 for a family of 4 with 2 children in 2011) were uninsured. Nearly all uninsured children in Connecticut are eligible for coverage in the HUSKY Program.
For the fourth consecutive year, the US Census Bureau has included a question on insurance status in its annual American Community Survey (ACS). The question asks whether the person is currently covered by any type of insurance, so the results are not directly comparable to data from the CPS which asks about insurance status for the entire previous year. The ACS includes uninsured estimates for the eight largest Connecticut cities.
- Issue Area: