Health Equity

HUSKY 4 Immigrants

2023 - $65,000

Fiscal agent: A Better Way Foundation

Connecticut has significantly reduced the number of state residents without health insurance in the past decade, but approximately 175,000 people remain without coverage. Among those most likely to lack coverage are undocumented residents, most of whom are ineligible for Medicaid – known as HUSKY in Connecticut – or to buy coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange.

HUSKY 4 Immigrants is part of a coalition of advocacy organizations that has been working in recent years toward policy changes to assure that all immigrants have access to coverage. Following their earlier advocacy efforts, Connecticut opened access to HUSKY to all children under 13, regardless of immigration status, beginning this year. Starting July 1, 2024, the age limit will rise to 15. Coverage is also available to undocumented residents who are pregnant and postpartum, if they meet income guidelines.

With this grant, HUSKY 4 Immigrants will work to engage new members in the coalition; offer workshops to build skills and knowledge for coalition members; conduct outreach to ensure undocumented residents know about available coverage; and meet with state officials to monitor and address any challenges in the implementation of the new coverage.


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