Census finds 94,000 more CT residents had health coverage last year

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New US Census numbers found that the number of uninsured CT residents dropped to 303,000 last year from 397,000 in 2010, to 8.6% of all state residents from 11.6%. The rate of uninsurance in CT has been rising since 2005. The Affordable Care Act deserves much of the credit for the drop, especially for the estimated 23,000 young CT adults now able to stay on their parents’ policies to age 26. Employer-sponsored coverage accounted for 24,000 of the increase, but the majority was due to increases in Medicaid (43,000) and Medicare (38,000). However, it remains true that the majority (66%) of CT residents receive coverage through an employer.