HUSKY Outreach Funding is Key to Reducing the Uninsured

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Authors: Michael Sullivan

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Most uninsured children and many uninsured parents and pregnant women are eligible for HUSKY health insurance, but many don’t realize it. National research has found that most parents of uninsured children (72%) who were eligible for but not enrolled in their State Children’s Health Insurance Program (such as HUSKY) believed they would not be eligible to get coverage for their kids. However, most also said that they would be very likely to enroll if they knew that they were eligible. Community-based outreach is the most effective means of enrolling eligible families and keeping them enrolled. Connecticut can greatly reduce the number of uninsured children and families and realize the promise of the HUSKY program by increasing funding for outreach, education, and application assistance.