Archive for February 2012

Medical Society pilot guides practices to PCMH recognition

A pilot training and support program has helped 13 small CT primary care practices, with 105 physicians plus clinical and administrative staff, achieve NCQA patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition. Six other practices have applications pending. Those practices join the growing list of 600 recognized PCMH providers in CT as first adopters of this important delivery…

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Bill adding consumer and small business voices to Exchange Board passes Insurance Committee unanimously

Earlier today the legislature’s Insurance Committee unanimously passed HB-5013 with substitute language. The new bill language adds one consumer and one small business representative to the CT Health Insurance Exchange Board and makes the State Health Care Advocate a voting member. The bill will be effective upon passage. The bipartisan bill partially addresses concerns raised…

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Pooling bill moves forward

Friday OPM approved the first step in allowing municipalities to join the state employee health care pool. The option was created in law last year but has been held up by concerns about cost. Changes to the proposed rules allowed the program to move ahead. Proponents argue that the law will provide higher value, lower…

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Advocates disrupt insurance exchange meeting

Yesterday, advocates spoke out during the CT Health Insurance Exchange Board meeting to protest the lack of consumer voices on the Board. The Board has been widely criticized for lacking any voting consumer members, despite federal regulations that call for consumers to comprise a majority of voting members. Several members of the Board called for…

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Medicaid Council update

Friday’s Medicaid Council meeting featured DSS Commissioner Bremby’s comprehensive, long overdue client services system overhaul. To say the current systems are outdated is a massive understatement – fragmented, ancient, paper-based, and under-resourced. DSS’ plans for the future are as good as the current system is bad. Phone and online systems will be integrated, information for…

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Governor’s proposed budget adjustments – one major health change

The Governor’s proposals to adjust the current biennial budget include changes to LIA (the former SAGA program). When SAGA was merged into Medicaid in 2010, creating LIA, the asset limit of $1,000 was removed. Since that time enrollment has grown significantly due in part to removing the asset limit (the economy doubtless had something to…

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Yalies oppose federal needle exchange program cutback

Yesterday, a group of Yale students, the Student Global Health and AIDS campaign, protested the recent Congressional reversal of a 2009 Obama administration decision to fund needle exchange programs. The programs are an important, very effective public health measure preventing the spread of disease including HIV/AIDS.

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