- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A new report shows a reduction in the number of black and Hispanic Connecticut residents without health insurance following the first open enrollment period under the federal health care law.

The independent study, released Wednesday, determined 54 percent of the 256,000 people who signed up for coverage were previously uninsured. Sixty-eight percent of black enrollees were previously uninsured, compared to 63 percent of Hispanic enrollees and 46 percent of white enrollees.

Of the previously uninsured signing up for private plans, 65 percent were white, 13 percent black and 13 percent Hispanic. Of those signing up for Medicaid, 47 percent were white, 22 percent black and 22 percent Hispanic.

The study was based on a survey of 6,015 enrollees. It showed strong customer satisfaction with the enrollment process.

The next open enrollment begins Nov. 15.

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