78% of CT residents worry about health care affordability

Most Connecticut residents have faced at least one health care financial burden in the past year, according to a new survey from Altarum Healthcare Value Hub.

The survey defines the “burden of health care affordability” as being uninsured due to high medical costs, delaying or going without health care due to cost, or struggling to pay medical bills.

The results also showed that 78% of respondents have some level of concern about purchasing healthcare now or in the future.

Meanwhile, health insurance in Connecticut is getting more expensive. The state Department of Insurance in September approved double-digit rate hikes for many health plans. On average, health benefit plans will see a 20% increase, if not more.

“It’s clear that residents of the state face multiple barriers to affordable, quality care they can count on. People of color, low-to-moderate income households, and people with disabilities are hardest hit,” Jill Zorn, policy officer at the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, said in a press release. “These deviations are unacceptable and people want action.”

According to the data, 77% of residents who identified as Asian, Native American and/or Pacific Islander expressed concern that health care is becoming unaffordable. Fifty-six percent of black or African American residents and 57% of white residents also identified as worried about being able to afford health care in the future.

Beth Beaudin-Seiler, director of Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub, said regardless of residents’ political party, most residents are concerned about healthcare affordability.

“The data also signaled broad support across party lines for potential policy solutions,” Beaudin-Seiler said in the press release.

The study found that 68% of Republicans, 75% of Democrats and 67% of residents who identified as neither party agreed that the healthcare system needed change.

Data was collected from July 22 to August 12, 2022 by the Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey. More than 1,300 Connecticut residents responded to the survey.

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