Hartford Courant highlights SIM conflicts of interest impact, ethics law loophole

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Today’s Hartford Courant includes a deep dive into instances of steering committee members getting grants and changing policies to benefit their interests. Unfortunately SIM falls into a loophole in CT law that exempts its members from the state Code of Ethics for Public Officials. A bill to close that loophole cruised through legislative committees but died in the Senate this year. As the article points out, not only are grants not going to the best organizations and are going to wealthy, large health care organizations that don’t need the help, but it also creates a chilling effect on health care reform progress in Connecticut. Outsiders have no reason to make an effort because they will not benefit; insiders also don’t have to perform, they can feel confident that they will continue to get grants and beneficial policy decisions.