Under the new federal health care reform law, states can now get funding to offer Medicaid to low-income, uninsured adults.
Currently, adults with incomes up to $6,650 can get medical services under a state-funded program, known as State-Administered General Assistance. With the new funding, Connecticut can offer comprehensive Medicaid coverage to people with incomes up to $14,400.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says Connecticut will be the first state in the nation to permanently add low-income adults to the Medicaid program.
State officials estimate 45,000 people will be eligible for Medicaid under this expansion.