Connecticut has been largely successful in enrolling children and their families in the HUSKY Program, especially during the recent economic downturn. However, many children and families have difficulties staying enrolled, even when eligible and in need of coverage. This research report on HUSKY enrollment finds:
- In 2010, nearly 81,000 children and adults were newly enrolled in the HUSKY Program. This number was down from 2009 when almost 95,000 were newly enrolled, but up from previous years. The increased number of new enrollees in recent years is likely due to eligibility expansions and increased need for coverage during challenging economic times.
- As in previous years, the net increase in enrollment was far less than the number of new enrollees in 2010. On average, net enrollment increased by about 39 for every 100 newly enrolled children and adults in 2010, suggesting that retention is problematic for many families. This ratio has increased steadily since 2008, suggesting that retention may have improved in recent years.
Outreach and retention are important components of reducing the number of uninsured children in Connecticut.