From Faith Middleton: Our check-up on our health care enrollees reveals Connecticut has one of the nation's most successful exchanges. The state doubled what the Obama administration set as a target for Connecticut—more than 14,000 of us have enrolled in the exchange.
The majority of enrollees are between the ages of 55 and 64, which raises the question of whether the majority are also unemployed.
While some states have enrolled a significant population of younger, healthy citizens, which balances out the system, about 19 to 20 percent of Connecticut's health exchange consists of people between the ages of 18 and 34.
Demographers suggest that the number of younger enrollees will increase with time; older citizens are the first to take action because their need for health care is greatest.
Our conversation on the status of Connecticut's insurance exchange features representatives from the non-profit Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, and independent health care educator Randi Redmond Oster of Fairfield County.
- Randi Oster is an advocate for patient management reform.
- Frances Padilla is president of Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut.
- Jill Zorn is senior program officer at Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut.
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