CTNJ Op-Ed: Health Neighborhood cuts misguided

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An Op-Ed in today’s CT News Junkie focuses on the Governor’s proposal to cut funding for innovative health neighborhood pilots to serve state residents eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. This program will improve the quality of care for Medicaid’s most costly aged and disabled members, providing significant savings to the state’s budget. The program builds on what has been learned fromMedicaid’s impressive success at improving the value of care for HUSKY members. After two years of extensive planning and collaboration, the project is very close to implementation. The Governor’s proposal acknowledges that the project “could generate long-term savings by promoting practice transformation, facilitating person-centered team-based care, and creating a payment structure that aligns financial incentives to promote value”. If this promising innovation is halted, how long can CT tolerate low-value, high-cost health care for our most fragile residents?