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Additionally, the surveys found that half of working heads of HUSKY families are full time employees, mostly in service or retail positions (75 percent). They are predominantly
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women (91 percent), and 64 percent earn below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) (e.g., less than $24,000 for a family of three). The surveys also revealed that more than three quarters of HUSKY employers (firms with employee or family member currently covered by HUSKY) offer some type of coverage, with 67 percent offering family coverage. Cost is also cited as the main reason 25 percent of HUSKY employers do not offer health benefits. HUSKY employers offering coverage reported that the average annual monthly premiums for the least expensive coverage they offer are $311 for employee-only and $767 for family coverage. Employees’ average contributions toward that coverage are $72 and $230, respectively.
"According to the survey results, an estimated 40,000 HUSKY families are eligible for employer based coverage with 13,000 reporting they did not enroll due to cost," said OHCA Commissioner Crisitine Vogel. "We are hopeful that these research findings will provide more information for our policymakers to assist in the development of strategies to provide better access to affordable health insurance."
The surveys were funded by a State Planning Grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA). The HRSA state planning grant program assists states in developing strategies to improve access to insurance coverage. Grantees receive funding to collect new data and study health insurance trends in order to create coverage options for their uninsured.
A complete copy of this brief can be found on OHCA’s website at http://www.ct.gov/ohca
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