Hartford – An estimated 6.4% of the state’s population, or 222,600 residents, were uninsured at the time they were surveyed according to 2006 Household Survey results released today by the State of Connecticut Office of Health Care Access (OHCA), up from 5.8% in 2004. While 6.4% 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.
Working adults account for 61 percent of Connecticut’s uninsured, the majority of whom hold permanent full-time positions. However, nearly two-thirds of these working uninsured are employed by firms that do not offer health benefits and an additional 13% are not eligible for their employers’ coverage. An estimated 60 percent of the uninsured may not have access to employer coverage, nor be eligible for public coverage due to their incomes and family structure.
“While the survey found that most state residents have health insurance and regularly access the health care system, pockets of uninsurance remain,” noted Commissioner Cristine Vogel. “Low income families, minorities and young adults have a greater likelihood of being uninsured than others.”
Two-thirds of Connecticut residents are covered by employment-based health insurance, an increase from 2004 (64 percent). During that time, the share of people covered by government health insurance programs decreased by nearly 3 percent.
The survey was fielded during summer 2006 by the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy and consisted of over 4,200 telephone interviews of individuals regarding their health insurance coverage, medical costs and utilization of health care services. The survey’s margin of error is 0.7%, therefore the 95 percent confidence interval for the uninsured estimate (6.4%) ranges from 5.7 to 7.2 percent. In order to remove language barriers to survey participation, the instrument was translated into Spanish providing respondents with the option of answering in Spanish or English. In addition, respondents who speak languages other than English or Spanish had the option of participating in the survey with the assistance of a translation service. In early 2007, OHCA will release a more comprehensive report of the Household Survey results.
A complete copy of this Executive Summary report can be found on OHCA’s website at http://www.ct.gov/ohca