Friday, August 24, 2012
CT made impressive progress toward health reform in August. We moved from 13.7% of the way to 15.2% this month. Highlights include negotiation of a compromise Essential Health Benefit Package and CMS grant funding to the insurance exchange. The grant is very exciting – the state plans to use most of the funding for a new, comprehensive IT system. If we do this right, this could solve a lot of our systemic problems. Unfortunately we fell behind in limiting monopoly providers by approving the Yale-New Haven – St. Raphael’s merger raising serious concerns about access to care for New Haven area un and underinsured consumers, and about costs for all of us. But we are stepping up progress – it’s been a good month.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Today Health and Human Services, the federal agency tasked with approving and funding state insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, announced that CT’s Level II insurance exchange application has been approved for $107 million, along with new grants for seven other states. A large part of CT’s grant is meant to fund development of an IT system to coordinate “eligibility, enrollment, and information exchange among individuals, employers, insurance carriers, and state and federal government agencies”. This function is sorely needed, long overdue, and hopefully CT’s Health Insurance Exchange will do a good job of designing and procuring this system. Advocates have been critical of many decisions made by the insurance-dominated exchange Board, which includes no independent consumer representatives.
Friday, August 17, 2012
We are refreshing our invitation list for the CT Health Thoughtleader Survey. The survey has been cited by policymakers as a tool in evaluating our state’s progress toward reform. It is part of our CT Health Reform Dashboard. To keep the list robust and ensure a broad reach, we are seeking nominations for the survey. Who do you rely on for information on health reform in CT? Help us improve the tools for our state’s health policymakers and give us your nominations.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Almost half of CT residents buying coverage in the new CT Health Insurance Exchange will not get premium subsidies – they will pay the full cost of coverage, including the exchanges’s administrative costs. Small businesses are expected to make up between 14% and 22% of total exchange enrollment. At least 60% of CT’s newly insured under national health reform will be coming into our Medicaid program. Even with reform, up to 197,000 CT residents will still lack coverage. For more, go to CT Health Reform by the Numbers.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
This month CT is again making progress toward health reform. We are now 13.7% of the way toward health reform. Unfortunately we are up only slightly from last month’s 13.2% performance. At this rate, it will take over fourteen years to fully implement reform, but January 1, 2014 is only a year and a half away. Track CT’s progress on the CT Health Reform Dashboard at www.cthealthreform.org