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OLR Research Report


May 18, 2009

 

2009-R-0217

TOP HUSKY A EMPLOYERS

By: Robin K. Cohen, Principal Analyst

You asked us to update information that we provided in 2005 indicating those employers with the highest number of employees whose children are enrolled in the HUSKY A program.

Table 1 lists the top 25 employers whose employees' children, and in some cases the employees, were receiving HUSKY A as of April 2009. It also compares the total enrollments with those reported in February 2005 (OLR report 2005-R-0281). Adult caretaker relatives whose children receive HUSKY A can also receive the benefit. Since 2005, the legislature increased the income limit for these adults from 150% to 185% of the federal poverty level, which is the same limit that applies to children. DSS reports that between February 2005 and March 2009, the total number of family Medicaid recipients (almost all of whom are HUSKY A recipients) increased by 31%.

The number of child recipients may be overstated as some may be counted twice. That is because a child could conceivably be living in a two-parent household in which one caretaker is receiving HUSKY A and the other is not.

Finally, we do not have a breakdown of hours-per-week worked, which would be a factor in an employer's decision to offer coverage. In a separate 2005 report (2005-R-0017), we learned that 61% of employees whose children received HUSKY B worked more than 30 hours per week, while another 29% worked between 20 and 30 hours.

Table 1. Adults and Children Covered by HUSKY A and Top 25 Employers as of April 2009

Employer

Child Recipients Whose Parents Do Not Receive HUSKY A

Caretaker Recipients Receiving HUSKY A

Caretaker HUSKY A Recipients' Children

April 2009 Total Recipients

2005 Total Recipients [1]

% Change

Walmart

512

1,134

2,095

3,741

2,232

67.6

Dunkin Donuts

447

1,071

1,635

3,153

1,438

119.3

Stop & Shop

378

767

1,227

2,372

1,996

18.8

McDonalds

579

509

827

1,915

1,290

48.4

First Student (transit co.)

Not in Top 25 [2]

480

991

1,471

565

160.4

Target

140

385

633

1,158

328

253.0

Care 4 Kids

67

351

603

1,021

457

123.4

Companions and Homemakers

119

280

493

892

419

112.9

Mohegan Sun

142

243

458

843

762

10.6

CVS

80

252

400

732

579

26.4

Burger King

140

224

361

725

632

14.7

Home Depot

115

212

369

696

571

21.9

Hartford Hospital

88

139

256

483

401

20.4

Subway

119

211

349

679

341

99.1

Macy's

62

210

354

626

Not in Top 25

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Laidlaw Transit

87

170

350

607

1,248

(51.4)

Kohl's

73

154

350

577

Not in top 25

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Foxwoods

89

183

300

572

501

14.2

Walgreens

67

201

300

568

306

85.6

Bank of America

83

170

297

550

498 [3]

10.4

Wendy's

107

159

256

522

392

33.2

Shaw's

90

154

266

518

754

(31.3)

Dattco

(transit co.)

Not in Top 25

146

286

432

Not in Top 25

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Yale-New Haven Hospital

99

111

210

420

Not in Top 25

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Home Goods

Not in Top 25

121

227

348

Not in Top 25

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Source: Department of Social Services, “Top 25 Employers—HUSKY A Non-Recipient Parent/Caretaker Relatives” and “Top 25 Employers—HUSKY A Parent/Caretaker Relative Recipients,” April 2009; OLR report 2005-R-0281

[1] In 2005, OLR did not have exact child recipient numbers. It used a multiplier of 1.37 children per adult to arrive at an approximate number of child enrollees. The multiplier was based on the average size of a HUSKY A “assistance unit” or family receiving HUSKY A coverage in February 2005.

[2] Cells without numbers reflect that the employer for the HUSKY A recipients or non-recipients was not in the Top 25. It is likely that the employer had employees or employees' children who were enrolled in HUSKY A.

[3] In 2005, Bank of America was Fleet Bank in Connecticut.

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