Hartford, CT - Access Health CT (AHCT) issued preliminary survey results Wednesday on healthcare coverage enrollees in year two of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Connecticut. The survey, conducted by The Pert Group, found that five in ten, or 50%, of new enrollees in Qualified Health Plans (QHP) did not have health insurance prior to enrolling for coverage via Access Health CT.
“These initial results demonstrate that we are continuing to drive down the percentage of people in Connecticut who don’t have access to quality, affordable health coverage,” said AHCT CEO Jim Wadleigh. “That’s been our mission since day one. We are pleased to confirm our continued success but we also know there is still much work to be done. This survey will help us develop a blueprint for reaching those remaining uninsured residents.”
The survey, which was conducted between June 4th and June 24th, 2015, also tracked the reasons why some residents were terminating their coverage. 19% cited cost as their rationale for terminating coverage. The remaining top three reasons for termination included a change in status (marriage, divorce, death in the family), a spouse obtaining insurance through employment, and newly obtained coverage under Medicare or Medicaid.
“One of the goals of the ACA is to create a marketplace that provides downward pressure on the cost of insurance,” said Mr. Wadleigh. “As more carriers enter the market to compete for individual business through the exchange, the less expensive coverage will become and that’s good for consumers.”
The study also found that fewer QHP enrollees reported having a primary care physician in 2015 than in 2014. Primary care physicians play an important role in the overall health of Connecticut residents and help prevent the need for more expensive emergency care if a condition is left untreated.
“Highlighting the important role of primary care physicians provides us an opportunity to encourage enrollees to utilize this important benefit. These doctors are the best place to start when you need any type of health care. They can help you navigate the system, assist you with preventive care or find the right specialist. ,” said Andrea Ravitz, Marketing Director for AHCT. “This speaks to our mission of helping the Connecticut population to stay happy and healthy.”
A comprehensive final report on the survey results will be issued in September.