Again, Wal-Mart, Dunkin Donuts, Stop & Shop Supermarket, and McDonald’s topped the list of companies with the most workers receiving HUSKY health insurance benefits, according to a July Office of Legislative Research report.
The report, similar to one done two years ago, identified 25 individual companies with the highest number of employees receiving HUSKY benefits for themselves or their children. HUSKY covers families earning up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level, or $41,348 for a family of four.
The report looks at the number of HUSKY recipients for 25 individual companies as of May 24. As of May 1, according to state reports, there were 394,623 people in the HUSKY program.
The 25 employers identified in the report account for more than 25,000 HUSKY recipients, but that number of child recipients may be overstated as some may be counted twice. “That is because a child conceivably could be living in a two-parent household in which one caretaker is receiving HUSKY A and the other is not,” the OLR report states.
While Wal-Mart and Dunkin Donuts top the list, the state itself ranks 19th with 583 HUSKY recipients, Bank of America comes in last with 527 employees or their children enrolled in the program, Mohegan Sun Casino comes in 6th with 1,189, and Foxwoods Casino comes in 13th with 714. Rounding out the top 25 list includes Walgreens, CVS, Burger King, Home Depot, Macy’s, Kohl’s, JC Penny, Shop Rite, Subway, and Friendly’s.
The Department of Social Services reports that local boards of education, the self-employed, housekeepers, and day laborers, in the aggregate, have total enrollments that would fall in the Top 25, but for purposes of this report, OLR only looked at individual employers.