HUSKY parents stay in Medicaid in state budget

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The budget that passed the Senate yesterday and the House this weekend makes no changes to HUSKY parents eligibility. In February the Governor proposed reducing eligibility for HUSKY parents to 133% of the federal poverty level, removing 37,500 working people from the program and saving the state $5.9 million next year and $59.5 million the year after. The proposal assumed those parents would be able to purchase coverage in the new health insurance exchange. However independent analyses predicted that many would not be able to afford coverage in the exchange and would become uninsured. The budget that passed did not include the Governor’s proposal.