Archive for May 2008

HealthFirst Authority update

Today the Authority tried to narrow down the options they will consider for study through the rest of the process. The Chairs began with their list of issues that everybody agrees on. It is long: Strong prevention and health promotion component Medical home Electronic medical record and health information technology Enrolling everyone who is eligible…

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New Kaiser Blog Watch

Every Tuesday and Friday, the Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report will feature “Blog Watch”. Recognizing that blogs have become an integral part of health policy coverage, kaisernetwork.org will now summarize the best of the blogosphere. To sign up for Kaiser’s Daily Updates, click here.

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Pooling bill update

First, the good news. The Attorney General has issued an opinion on HB-5536, House Majority Leader Donovan’s bill to allow municipalities, small businesses and nonprofits to buy into the state employee plan. His formal legal opinion is that the bill will not increase costs to the state, a concern that reportedly has the Governor considering…

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Summer reading

To get ready for this weekend and the unofficial start of summer with its long days of reading, we have added to our Book Club. In between your Beach Reads, try these. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – interesting, engaging stories that help all of us make sure that what…

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Pooling Bill rhetoric heats up

Rep. Chris Donovan’s proposal to allow municipalities and small businesses to buy into the state employee plan passed the House and Senate easily. But proponents are concerned that the Governor will not sign the bill. The concept is that bringing thousands of municipal, small business and non-profit employees together with into the same health purchasing…

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CT free clinics meeting

About two weeks ago, a group of clinics that offer free care to anyone who needs it met to discuss common challenges and share resources. I was amazed and deeply grateful that we have so many generous spirits in our state. Representatives from First Hispanic Baptist Church (New London), Samaritan Health Center (Danbury), Kevin’s Community…

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HUSKY/PCCM/Charter Oak update

At Friday’s Medicaid Managed Care Council meeting, DSS described plans to transition 337,181 HUSKY members from the current non-capitated, fee-for-service structure back into potentially three capitated HMOs starting July 1st, to begin Charter Oak enrollment also on July 1st, the planned dental carve out also set to begin July 1st, and their plan to provide…

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HUSKY dental lawsuit is settled

Finally, some good news about HUSKY. After eight years, the state and legal aid attorneys have reached a settlement to improve access to dental care in the program. Finding a dentist has been nearly impossible in the program for many years; only 4% of CT dentists participate in HUSKY. The problem pre-dates managed care. Dentists…

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