OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2007
Hartford – according to 2006 Household Survey results released today by the State of Connecticut Office of Health Care Access (OHCA), an estimated 6.4% of the state’s population, or 222,600 residents were uninsured at the time they were surveyed, up slightly from 5.8% in 2004. While 6.4% of all residents were uninsured at the time of the survey, 10% or nearly 347,000 people experienced at least one period of uninsurance during the last year. According to other reports such as the Kaiser Foundation Report, the national average of individuals that experienced at least one period without insurance for 2005 was 16%.
Key survey findings include:
Ø Working adults account for 61 percent of
Ø While employment-based coverage has eroded nationally, it has remained steady in
Ø From 2004 to 2006, the share of senior citizens with prescription drug coverage increased from 65 to 91 percent, likely due to the implementation of Medicare Part D.
Ø Uninsured minority families make fewer annual medical care visits and receive fewer prescriptions than non-Hispanic whites. They are also twice as likely to lack a regular health care provider.
Recognizing the importance of health coverage,
The survey was conducted in the summer of 2006 by the
A complete copy of the Databook can be found on OHCA’s website at http://www.ct.gov/ohca