Letter urges public input into Cabinet reform plan

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Serous concerns have been raised by diverse stakeholders about the Health Care Cabinet’s Strawman proposal for health reform. Among the proposal’s very ambitious plans are merging a dozen state agencies that touch on health under one person, close “alignment” of Medicaid and the state employee plan, creation of a new agency to oversee and regulate all of Connecticut’s health care purchasing,  and expand untested downside risk across the state giving providers little choice but to accept financial risk (although for Medicaid they can just leave the program). Acknowledging the concerns, twenty one independent consumers and providers sent a letter yesterday urging the Health Care Cabinet to take the time for a public process to get input from all stakeholders and consider other options to develop a workable reform plan.