STATE OF CONNECTICUT

OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS

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Hartford, CT 06134

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Press Release

Contact: John Blair

Phone: (860) 418-7024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2006

CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS RELEASES UNINSURED HOSPITALIZATIONS REPORT  

HartfordIn Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, the state’s 31 acute care hospitals reported 11,000 uninsured hospitalizations with total associated charges of $165 million. An “uninsured hospitalization” is one for which no third party payer is responsible for payment, and which often result in financial burdens for patients and their families along with hospitals. Connecticut hospitals are safety net providers of emergency medical care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.

 

Over the past five years, uninsured hospitalizations increased overall by 10 percent, although the number of hospitalized uninsured children fell by 20 percent. In FY 2005, 63 percent of the uninsured who were hospitalized were admitted through the emergency department (ED), up from 49 percent in just five years. Most uninsured patients were less than 40 years old and half were minorities, results that are consistent with OHCA’s 2006 Household Survey on insurance coverage which found that young adults and minorities are at greater risk for being uninsured.

 

“The report highlights that Connecticut’s acute care hospitals are safety net providers ensuring that all people regardless of their ability to pay have access to inpatient acute care services,” noted Commissioner Cristine Vogel.

 

The Uninsured Hospitalization Report is the second in a series of OHCA publications from relating to health insurance coverage and access to health care services in Connecticut. The data for this study are from OHCA’s inpatient acute care hospital database. Other reports in OHCA’s series on insurance coverage utilize data from telephone surveys conducted by the University of Connecticut during the summer of 2006.

 

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