Coverage is a vital first step: Without insurance, it’s virtually impossible for people to get the care they need to stay healthy, or to have the financial security that comes with being covered.
But coverage alone isn’t enough. Instead, people need to be able to use that coverage to get care.
That requires ensuring that people understand how their health insurance works, how to navigate the complicated system, and how to find a provider they can confidently go to for care. It also means working within the health care system to ensure that providers are accountable for improving the health of their patients.
Right now, too many people of color remain uninsured or lack a regular, trusted place they can go to for care. The result is that preventable or treatable conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension get worse when they should be getting better. Sometimes this leads to unnecessary costs as people require more intensive care for problems that could have been prevented or addressed more easily at an earlier stage.
Coverage and connection to care are two key priority areas for the Connecticut Health Foundation. Our goals include ensuring that:
- Connecticut’s uninsured rate does not rise above 2016 levels
- There is an effective and easy-to-use portal for people to sign up for health care coverage
- Medicaid is available to the thousands of residents who rely on it
- People covered through Medicaid and the state’s health insurance marketplace have a primary care provider or access to a specific source of quality care
- Safety-net health care providers such as community health centers and school-based health centers remain viable as key access points for quality care