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

March 13, 2007

 

CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS RELEASES THREE ISSUE BRIEFS ON HISPANIC ADULTS’, YOUNG ADULTS’ AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE COVERAGE

 

HartfordAn estimated 36 percent or 84,000 adult Hispanics are uninsured and an estimated 22 percent or 95,200 young adults age 19 to 29 are uninsured, according to results of two in-depth surveys of Hispanic Adults and Young Adults released today by the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA). Results published in a third brief also issued today showed approximately 2.7 percent or 24,700 of Connecticut’s children are uninsured, according to OHCA’s 2006 Household Survey.


The Hispanic Adults survey found that, while most Hispanic adults work (71%), only one in five is eligible for coverage through his/her own employer. In addition, almost one-half earn less than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Affordability and immigration status are the most frequently cited reasons those eligible for employer-based coverage have not enrolled.

 

The Young Adults survey found that almost three-quarters of uninsured young adults are working. Their high uninsured rate is in part related to a loss of parental coverage, diminished eligibility for public coverage or more limited access to employment-based coverage. Just 15 percent of young adults are eligible for coverage through their own employer.

 

Although Connecticut’s uninsured rate for children is relatively low (2.7 percent), uninsured children comprise 11 percent of the state’s uninsured population. Uninsured children were found to be similar to uninsured adults in that they are largely minorities and members of low-income working families.

 

These publications are the latest in a series of issue briefs and reports highlighting the agency’s efforts to gather and analyze health care coverage data to support ongoing health policy formation. The surveys were conducted in the summer and fall of 2006 by the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy and Center for Survey Research and Analysis.

 

Copies of the three Issue Briefs can be found on OHCA’s website at http://www.ct.gov/ohca