A new update on health insurance exchanges by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that six states – CA, MA, NY, OR, RI and VT – of the 14 that have made a decision, intend to actively purchase coverage. Those six exchanges will be negotiating with insurers to get the best value for consumers in their…

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Next Tuesday CT will host — Health Insurance Exchanges: How Connecticut Can Benefit — a panel of national and state experts sponsored by the Council of State Governments/Eastern Region. The panel will describe what is happening in leading exchange states, federal guidance and expectations, and where CT is currently. Speakers include Dave Chandra, Senior Policy…

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CT policymakers have completed 17.7% of the tasks necessary for health reform; most are due on Jan.1st of next year. Medicaid, patient-centered medical homes and payment reform and quality improvement are leading reform according to March’s Health Reform Dashboard. CT still has problems with the CT Health Insurance Exchange (now access health CT), health information…

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The administration’s plan to apply an asset test to families of young people in the Low Income Adults program (formerly SAGA) was not approved by the federal Medicaid agency Friday. Advocates objected to the plan stating that it was designed to address a problem that rarely happens, college-aged children in wealthier families on Medicaid, and…

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The Hartford Courant is reporting that premiums in the CT Health Insurance Exchange – Access Health CT – will be between 10 and 100% higher than current levels. “Thousands of Connecticut residents will have a shock this summer when they see the prices for 2014 medical coverage that they’re counting on buying through the newly…

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