The Healthcare for UninSured Kids and Youth (HUSKY) is Connecticut’s public health insurance program for children under age 19 and low-income adults.
Depending on their income, some parents, relative caregivers, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women may also get HUSKY coverage.
HUSKY pays for doctors’ visits, preventive and hospital care, dental and vision care, and mental health services, among others.
There are four (4) types of HUSKY plans, HUSKY A — D, that together provide health care coverage to more than 840,000 Connecticut residents. 1
HUSKY A covers low-income children, parents and other caregivers whose income is up to 160% of the federal poverty level (FPL), as well as pregnant women.
The HUSKY income limit for pregnant women is 263% FPL. HUSKY A provides coverage during pregnancy and up to 60 days postpartum.
HUSKY A is an entitlement program, which means that Connecticut must make HUSKY coverage available to all eligible applicants.
HUSKY B covers children with incomes too high for HUSKY A. HUSKY B is also called the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.
CHIP Income Eligibility
Depending on specific income level, cost-sharing may apply. In general, co-payments are $10 for office visits for when a child gets sick and $5 for generic prescriptions. 2
HUSKY C is for low income elderly residents, ages 65 or older, or who are aged 18 through 64 and who are blind, or disabled. It is also known as Medicaid for the “Aged, Blind or Disabled”.
Connecticut residents aged 19 through 64, who do not qualify for HUSKY A; and who are not pregnant, may qualify for HUSKY D, commonly known as Medicaid for Low-Income Adults.
As Connecticut is expanding Medicaid, the maximum income level to qualify for this part of Medicaid (HUSKY D) rose from about 56% to 138% of the federal poverty level.
Connecticut is operating a State-Based Marketplace, known as Access Health CT, through which you can screen for, apply for, and enroll in Medicaid or other private health insurance.
Access Health CT will have a single application that will be used to determine most Medicaid and CHIP eligibility, except for HUSKY C.
Those seeking HUSKY C coverage should apply through the state Department of Social Services, rather than through Access Health CT.
For additional information about the HUSKY program, call
1-877-CT HUSKY (1-877-284-8759)
- HealthInsurance.org, Connecticut and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion
- For a complete list of the co-pays in HUSKY B, see the HUSKY B Member Handbook.