The latest data from the US Census Bureau indicate that an estimated 43,000 Connecticut children under 18 were uninsured for the entire year in 2007. This number represents 5.2% of all Connecticut children. The 2-year average uninsured rate for all persons in Connecticut decreased significantly between 2004-05 and 2006-07; however, the uninsured rate for children was essentially unchanged.
An estimated 29,000 Connecticut children under 19 who lived in families with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level were uninsured. Nearly all of these children are eligible for coverage in the HUSKY Program. This brief reviews which subgroups of children at the national level are more likely to be uninsured and makes some recommendations for reducing the numbers of uninsured children.