For Immediate Release
April 17, 2013
Contact: Alice Straight 203-639-0550 ext. 309; 203-443-3415 (cell)
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut announced today that it stands in support of those rallying to preserve HUSKY A at the Capitol.
“Taking away the security of decent health coverage from an estimated 7,500 to 11,000 people who already live on the economic edge is unfair to them and increases the cost of coverage for all of us,” said Frances G. Padilla, president of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. “We at the foundation urge the governor and the legislators to reconsider the proposal and to allow parents to continue to be covered by HUSKY.”
Under the governor’s budget proposal, HUSKY eligibility will be cut for parents with incomes between 133 and 185 percent of the federal poverty, or annual incomes of $25,975 to $36,131 for a family of three. These residents would instead be expected to purchase private health coverage through Access Health CT, the new health insurance exchange established by the state under the federal Affordable Care Act. The state is expected to save $2,400 per person in Medicaid spending, according to a recent report by the Connecticut Health Foundation, titled “Policy Analysis of Potential Impact of Governor’s Budget Proposal on HUSKY Parents,” which is based on research it commissioned by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Law and Economics.
Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut is an independent, nonprofit philanthropy based in Meriden, Conn. It supports research-based policy, advocacy and public education that advances the achievement of quality, affordable health care for everyone in the state.