[Excerpt of article by Karla Santos, 12/15/21]

Residents looking for health insurance coverage for 2022 still have the opportunity to explore the plans available through Access Health Connecticut, the state’s health insurance exchange, which announced on Tuesday it has extended its enrollment deadline from Dec. 15 to Dec. 31.
 [....] Access Health CT is Connecticut’s official health insurance marketplace, established to meet the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act. Residents can shop, compare and enroll in healthcare plans, qualify for financial help to lower costs, or be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through HUSKY Health.

Thirteen percent of adults in Meriden lack health insurance, according to a 2021 Meriden Equity Profile by DataHaven, with a disproportinate impact on minority residents.

“Due to differences in workplace benefits, income, and eligibility factors, Black and especially Latino people are less likely to have health insurance than white people,” according to the profile.

While a breakdown by town and race/ethnicity was not available specifically for Meriden, statewide data indicate 19% of Latinos and 9% of Black residents were uninsured as of 2019. 

A similar profile for the town of Wallingford states that 8% of its adults are uninsured.