STATE OF CONNECTICUT

OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS

410 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone (860) 418-7001

Fax (860) 418-7053

Press Release

Contact: John Blair

Phone: (860) 418-7024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31, 2007

CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS RELEASES COMPREHENSIVE RESULTS FROM HEALTH INSURANCE SURVEY

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 Connecticut’s uninsured, the majority of whom hold permanent full-time positions. Yet only 14 percent of the working uninsured potentially have access to coverage through their employers.

Ø      While employment-based coverage has eroded nationally, it has remained steady in Connecticut, covering two-thirds of all residents.

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, Commissioner Cristine Vogel noted that, “Our research substantiated the common beliefs that individuals without access to health insurance make fewer medical visits, are not usually connected to a regular health care provider and are more likely to avoid needed medical care.”

 

The survey was conducted in the summer of 2006 by the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy and Center for Survey Research and Analysis and consisted of over 4,200 telephone interviews of individuals regarding their health insurance coverage, medical costs and utilization of health care services. Survey data were statistically weighted to accurately reflect Connecticut’s current demographic composition. The survey’s margin of error is 0.7%. The survey was also administered in Spanish and translation into other languages was available to respondents.

 

A complete copy of the Databook can be found on OHCA’s website at http://www.ct.gov/ohca