OP-ED | Making the Public Option Better

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Commercial health insurance premiums in Connecticut are the sixth highest in the nation and they continue to grow faster than inflation. While we’re making progress, it’s too slow. A public health insurance option to compete with private plans is getting a lot of attention from legislators and it makes sense conceptually. 

But Connecticut consumers deserve a robust public option that is affordable and sustainable into the future. We need one that provides high-quality care, with stellar member satisfaction rates, one that providers want to participate in, and doesn’t save money by shifting costs onto consumers or taxpayers. There are important improvements to the current proposal that would bring the public option closer to that goal. Read more