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April 14, 2011


To Fiscal Note on

sHB-6305, File No. 341


The Office of Fiscal Analysis received updated HUSKY Adult cost and caseload data from the Department of Social Services on April 11, 2011. Based on this information, the projected cost of the Basic Health Plan (BHP) is reduced from a range of $222. 8 million and $478. 6 million to a range of $184. 4 million and $425. 2 million. The analysis for the Behavioral Health Plan (BHP) portion of this bill should be as follows:

Basic Health Plan

Section 7 of the bill also requires the Department of Social Services (DSS) to implement, on or after January 1, 2014, the Basic Health Plan (BHP) option in accordance with PPACA. This requirement will result in a net additional annual state cost of between $184. 4 million and $425. 2 million, and will cover an estimated 80,250 new individuals. Details on the various parts involved in this estimate appear below.

This proposal will create a new state program, outside the federally mandated insurance exchanges, for adults with incomes between 133% FPL and 200% FPL. This section specifically moves parents within this income band who are current enrollees in the HUSKY A program to the new BHP. The section specifies that all benefits, cost sharing requirements and consumer safeguards in place for the Medicaid program shall apply to the BHP.

The fiscal impact to the state from these provisions is twofold. First, the state will realize a savings under the HUSKY program as parents with incomes in excess of 133% FPL are disenrolled. It is estimated that there will be 31,000 parents in this category by 2014, with an annual cost per case of $4,700. 1 Therefore, the state will realize net annualized savings of $72. 9 million (after 50% federal reimbursement).

The new BHP program is expected to serve 111,250 clients when fully annualized. 2 The BHP is required to have the same benefits and cost sharing as the Medicaid program. Although the costs for the clients transferred from HUSKY are anticipated to be consistent, it is not known what the cost profile of the new, non-HUSKY enrollees will be. This new population is likely to include individuals with significantly higher cost profiles. 3 It is assumed that the cost per case for the non-HUSKY enrollees in this new program will be $6,000 by 2014. Therefore, the gross annualized program cost is anticipated to be $627. 2 million. Should the cost profile of the non-HUSKY BHP enrollees be similar to that of the LIA population discussed above ($9,000 annually), the gross annualized program cost would be $868. 0 million.

Under PPACA, the state will receive a federal subsidy for those residents enrolled in the BHP. This subsidy is equal to 95% of what the federal government would have spent on premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions that BHP enrolled individuals would have been eligible for had they purchased private insurance through the State Insurance Exchange. The tax credits and cost sharing reductions are based on the “Silver Plan” on the insurance exchange. At this time, the federal government has not stated what the essential benefit package will be, which will dictate both the cost of the Silver Plan and the value of the associated federal subsidy.

For the purposes of this analysis, the cost of the Silver Plan is estimated to be $4,500 annually. 4 Based on maximum client contributions included in PPACA, it is estimated that the federal subsidy available for the BHP will be $3,325 annually. 5 Compared to the $6,000 to $9,000 estimated cost for the non-HUSKY BHP, there exists $2,675 to $5,675 annual cost per person that is not covered by the federal subsidy. Given the bill's requirement that the BHP have the same cost sharing as the state Medicaid program (which is currently $0), it is assumed that the state must pay the unsubsidized costs for all BHP enrollees. Based on the enrollment and cost assumptions above, the new BHP benefit for all clients would result in a net state cost of between $257. 3 million and $498. 0 million annually.

The total state impact from implementing the BHP is summarized in the following tables:

Basic Health Plan – HUSKY A Impact



State Cost per year


Remove clients from HUSKY A








Net Savings



Basic Health Plan - Non-HUSKY Impact


State Cost – HUSKY Level

State Cost – LIA Level




Per Person Cost






Per Person Federal Subsidy



Non-HUSKY BHP Federal Subsidy



Net State Cost Non-HUSKY BHP




Cost Less HUSKY A Savings



1 Based on DSS cost and caseload data for the adult 133% - 185% population. Costs inflated at 5% annually.

2 This assumes 31,000 former HUSKY A parents and 80,250 non-HUSKY adults. According to Connecticut Department of Revenue Services data, there were 225,000 tax filers with incomes between $14,000 and $22,000 in 2009. The U. S. Census Bureau estimates that 29% of individuals with incomes under $25,000 are uninsured. This would yield approximately 65,250 individuals. It is further assumed that 15,000 of those in this income bracket who currently have insurance would transition to BHP, for a total of 80,250 non-HUSKY BHP enrollees.

3 A portion of high cost Medicaid clients who currently spend down to Medicaid eligibility may instead be able spend down to the BHP.

4 Although the cost of the Silver Plan has not been established, the Congressional Research Service and Congressional Budget Office have used $4,500 as a general estimate. This estimate is consistant with potentially comparable plans available in the Connecticut Market. The final average cost of the Silver plan will be dependent upon the benefit plan as well as the cost profile of the individuals enrolled.

5 PPACA includes maximum client premium and cost sharing for Exchange products, which vary by income limit. Based on these requirements, this analysis assumes that a client's share of the costs would average $1,000 (derived from Kaiser Family Foundation estimates). The federal subsidy available for the BHP would be 95% of the federal share of the cost of the Silver Plan. Therefore, the federal subsidy would be $3,325, which equates to ($4,500 - $1,000)*95%. It should be noted that the federal subsidy will not consider any state health mandate costs that are in excess of the essential benefit package. Also, PPACA indexes the federal subsidy to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). If the average cost of the Silver plan increases at a higher rate than the CPI, the real value of the subsidy will decrease over time.

6 State HUSKY BHP cost is the cost of care ($4,700) less available federal subsidy ($3,325)