Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut has posted practical advice for the 17,688 working parents about to lose HUSKY coverage at the end of next month. Budget issues forced state lawmakers to cut parents’ eligibility. Preparing for the likelihood that many of them will become uninsured, SLSCT has drafted very consumer-friendly fact sheets in English and Spanish including updating information, checking out AccessHealthCT coverage, getting doctor appointments now, prescription refills, and talking with providers about affording future care without coverage.
1,215 lost coverage last summer but a much larger number are scheduled to be cut at the end of July. Of the first cohort about half were able to keep Medicaid coverage through a different eligibility category, but it’s expected that fewer of this summer’s cohort will be as lucky. While the administration is labeling the cuts a “transition” to coverage in the insurance exchange, AccessHealthCT, only 13% of last summer’s group has been able to afford that coverage. The remainder are very likely uninsured now.