Connecticut health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Constitution State
How healthy is living in Connecticut? According to United Health Foundation, pretty healthy -- the state ranked sixth in the group's 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings®.
The good news:
- Connecticut continues its consistent track record of ranking among the top 10 healthiest states.
- About 90 percent of people have health insurance, and public health spending has increased over the past five years.
The bad news:
- High school graduation rates have dropped over the past five years and currently stand at about 75 percent.
- The percentage of Connecticut children in poverty has risen over the 10 years; it's now about 14 percent.
Connecticut's best and worst category rankings:
- Immunization Coverage – 2nd
- Geographic Disparity – 3rd
- Premature Deaths – 5th
- Smoking – 5th
- Air Pollution – 23rd
- Preventable Hospitalizations – 23rd
- Public Health Funding – 27th
- High School Graduation – 28th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Connecticut.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Connecticut health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Connecticut here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Connecticut, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Connecticut have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Connecticut Health Reinsurance Association
Toll-free 1-800-842-0004 (M-F 9am-4pm EST)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Connecticut started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.