Children through age 18 qualify for federal Medicaid health insurance coverage if their family's income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.
Unfortunately, the data is trending toward more Southington families having less money. They are taking advantage of state and federal programs like free/reduced lunch and HUSKY to feed and get medical care for their children. There are limited programs to help pay for early childhood educational opportunities: Care 4 Kids is a supplemental program for parents who are working or going to school. They do not pay for programs to educate children who need a preschool experience.
The total population of uninsured in Southington is 5.5% and 3.0% for the population under 18. Nearly 25% of births are to low income mothers who qualify for HUSKY or FFS Medicaid.
The ECCS should have further conversations about best communication practices with providers in Southington and the surrounding communities who accept HUSKY insurance, with a focus on sharing the work of the ECCS and how the collaborative might provide support to their patients. These providers include not only pediatricians but also physician assistants, therapists, counselors, and OB/GYNs.