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

Back • Publication Date: December 1st, 2014

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

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

Public awareness and outreach campaigns coordinated by Access Health CT, with assistance from the Covering Connecticut’s Kids and Families coalition of community-based organizations, help the uninsured obtain coverage and contribute to increasing enrollment in both HUSKY and in private health insurance plans.

In the latest update on enrollment growth in Connecticut’ HUSKY Program (Medicaid and CHIP, data show that HUSKY Program enrollment increased by over 131,000 individuals (21%) by September 2014 compared to average monthly enrollment prior to last year’s open enrollment period (July to September 2013) and Medicaid expansion (effective January 1, 2014).  As expected, the greatest increase (83%) was in HUSKY D, coverage for low-income adults without dependent children.