Families with member losing HUSKY were recruited during November and December of 2003. Outreach included a postcard mailed to all 23,000 Connecticut licensed hairdressers and barbers, and flyers mailed to all 1600 Connecticut licensed childcare centers and family homes. Families were also recruited from the current caseload of Student Health Outreach, a nonprofit offering HUSKY application assistance and case management to uninsured Connecticut residents. Notices were published in the CT Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics listserv and CT Health Notes, the listserv of the CT Health Policy Project among others.
Over one hundred families with a member losing HUSKY were identified and screened. Twelve families eventually agreed to participate. Over the year, contact was lost with four families.
Families were interviewed at least monthly from January through December 2004, both by phone and in person. Interviews were semi-structured and conducted by staff of the CT Health Policy Project and Student Health Outreach. Families also received case management including assistance in applying for public programs and accessing care through the safety net.
Three families chose to have their names changed. No other details were changed. Families approved of all pictures and of all the text regarding their story. Nothing was published without their permission and approval.
In 2005, in response to public pressure, the legislature and the Governor restored eligibility for HUSKY parents. Unfortunately, thousands of eligible children and parents in Connecticut don't know about the program and remain uninsured. Parents and grandparents raising grandchildren in Connecticut families of four with annual incomes up to $29,025 can now get comprehensive health coverage. If you or someone you know might qualify for HUSKY, call 1-877-CTHUSKY or go to the HUSKY Health program web site.