Topic:
HEALTH INSURANCE; FOOD STAMPS; CHILD HEALTH;
Location:
FOOD STAMPS; INSURANCE - HEALTH;

OLR Research Report


May 6, 2004

 

2004-R-0420

HUSKY AND FOOD STAMP COSTS

 

By: Robin K. Cohen, Principal Analyst

You asked for a breakdown, by town, of the cost the state incurs for providing HUSKY A and HUSKY B benefits and Food Stamps.

Town-by-town cost information is available for HUSKY A but not for HUSKY B or Food Stamps.

HUSKY A

The HUSKY information that follows is based on the latest (April 1, 2004) enrollment data for both programs, as provided by the Department of Social Services (DSS). For HUSKY A, which provides Medicaid coverage to low-income children and some adults, we took the number of enrollees and multiplied it by the monthly capitated rate that DSS pays the managed care organizations (MCOs) for each HUSKY client. That rate, $174.91 for FY 2003-04, is the same for both adults and children.

Table 1: HUSKY A Costs, By Town (April 2004) (Capitation=$174.91 Per Month)

Town

Enrolled Children and Adults

Monthly Cost

Andover

120

$20,989

Ansonia

2,475

432,902

Ashford

363

63,492

Avon

228

39,879

Barkhamstead

177

30,959

Beacon Falls

243

42,503

Berlin

552

96,550

Bethany

116

20,290

Bethel

724

126,634

Bethlehem

147

25,712

Bloomfield

1,608

281,255

Bolton

124

21,689

Bozrah

113

19,765

Branford

1,255

219,512

Bridgeport

30,134

5,279,738

Bridgewater

44

7,696

Bristol

5,696

996,287

Brookfield

318

55,621

Brooklyn

346

60,519

Burlington

223

39,005

Canaan

123

21,514

Canterbury

328

57,370

Canton

241

42,153

Chaplin

162

28,335

Cheshire

502

87,805

Chester

138

24,138

Clinton

647

113,167

Colchester

850

14,867

Colebrook

20

3,498

Columbia

179

31,309

Cornwall

78

13,643

-Table 1 continued-

Town

Enrolled Children and Adults

Monthly Cost

Coventry

633

11,072

Cromwell

528

92,352

Danbury

5,845

102,235

Darien

144

25,187

Deep River

380

66,466

Derby

1,347

235,604

Durham

228

39,879

East Granby

165

28,860

East Haddam

403

70,489

East Hampton

501

87,630

East Hartford

6,957

1,216,849

East Haven

2,236

391,099

East Lyme

699

122,262

East Windsor

835

146,050

Eastford

55

9,620

Easton

79

13,818

Ellington

427

74,687

Enfield

2,811

491,672

Essex

185

32,358

Fairfield

1,076

188,203

Farmington

588

102,847

Franklin

82

14,343

Glastonbury

752

131,532

Goshen

125

21,864

Granby

223

39,005

Greenwich

1,019

178,233

Griswold

1,066

186,454

Groton

2,544

444,971

Guilford

502

87,805

Haddam

232

40,579

Hamden

3,555

621,805

-Table 1 continued-

Town

Enrolled Children and Adults

Monthly Cost

Hampton

143

25,012

Hartford

36,752

6,428,292

Hartland

75

13,118

Harwinton

160

27,986

Hebron

267

46,701

Kent

141

24,662

Killingly

2,464

430,978

Killingworth

150

26,237

Lebanon

369

64,542

Ledyard

696

121,737

Lisbon

223

39,005

Litchfield

419

73,287

Lyme

43

7,521

Madison

284

49,674

Manchester

5,465

955,883

Mansfield

670

117,190

Marlborough

162

28,335

Meriden

9,155

160,130

Middlebury

151

26,411

Middlefield

94

16,442

Middletown

4,188

732,523

Milford

2,433

425,556

Monroe

459

80,284

Montville

1,043

182,431

Morris

115

20,115

Naugatuck

2,879

503,566

New Britain

14,043

2,456,261

New Canaan

137

23,963

New Fairfield

485

84,831

New Hartford

206

36,031

New Haven

27,515

4,812,649

New London

4,984

871,751

-Table 1 continued-

Town

Enrolled Children and Adults

Monthly Cost

New Milford

1,279

223,709

Newington

1,221

213,565

Newtown

580

101,448

Norfolk

108

18,890

North Branford

461

80,634

North Canaan

251

43,902

North Haven

705

123,312

North Stonington

315

55,097

Norwalk

6,150

1,075,697

Norwich

5,414

946,963

Old Lyme

210

36,731

Old Saybrook

422

73,812

Orange

208

36,381

Oxford

401

70,139

Plainfield

1,704

298,047

Plainville

960

167,913

Plymouth

981

171,587

Pomfret

187

32,708

Portland

457

79,934

Preston

240

41,878

Prospect

307

53,697

Putnam

1,149

200,972

Redding

82

14,343

Ridgefield

228

39,879

Rocky Hill

436

76,261

Roxbury

48

8,396

Salem

155

27,111

Salisbury

175

30,609

Scotland

77

13,468

Seymour

926

161,967

Sharon

154

26,936

-Table 1 continued-

Town

Enrolled Children and Adults

Monthly Cost

Shelton

1,562

273,209

Sherman

126

22,039

Simsbury

395

69,089

Somers

260

45,777

South Windsor

635

111,068

Southbury

333

58,245

Southington

1,580

276,358

Sprague

287

50,199

Stafford

822

143,776

Stamford

8,130

1,422,018

Sterling

287

50,199

Stonington

1,229

214,964

Stratford

3,424

598,892

Suffield

326

57,021

Thomaston

459

80,284

Thompson

551

96,375

Tolland

317

55,446

Torrington

3,621

633,349

Trumbull

734

128,384

Union

24

4,198

Vernon

2,514

439,724

Voluntown

134

23,438

Wallingford

1,909

333,903

Warren

41

7,171

Washington

176

30,784

Waterbury

23,070

4,035,174

Waterford

895

156,544

Watertown

975

170,537

West Hartford

2,590

453,017

West Haven

6,855

119,900

Westbrook

299

52,298

Weston

49

8,571

-Table 1 continued-

Town

Enrolled Children and Adults

Monthly Cost

Westport

272

47,576

Wethersfield

944

165,115

Willington

240

41,978

Wilton

111

19,415

Winchester

1,367

239,102

Windham

4,547

795,316

Windsor

1,878

328,481

Windsor Locks

790

138,178

Source: Department of Social Services (enrollment figures)

HUSKY B

It is not possible to break down HUSKY B payments by town. The reason is that the state pays the MCOs two different capitated rates, one for children in families with incomes between 185% and 235% of the federal poverty level (Band 1), and one for children in families with incomes between 235% and 300% of the poverty level (Band 2). The capitated rate for Band 1 is $147.88 per month for FY 2003-04; for Band 2, the rate is $127.51 per month. The state pays less for Band 2 families because these families must pay premiums; Band 1 families do not. (2003 legislation requires Band 1 families to also pay premiums. But it has not been implemented, pending federal approval.)

The total amount the state paid in HUSKY B capitation payments for April was $1,937,872. Of the 14,266 children enrolled in HUSKY B, 8,798 (62%) were in Band 1 and 5,015 (38%) were in Band 2. For Band 1, the state paid $1,298,409 to the MCOs. For Band 2, the MCOs received $639,463.

We have attached HUSKY B enrollment figures for April 1, 2004.

FOOD STAMPS

The Food Stamp program is a federally funded program that DSS administers. The state pays nothing for program benefits and pays some, relatively minor amount for administering the program.

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