State health care pooling plan growing slowly

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The Comptroller’s Office announced this week that the CT Partnership Plan, allowing municipalities and other non-state governments to buy into the state employee plan, has 2,415 members from eight municipal entities at the end of a year saving between 1 and 36% on health benefits. While enrollment has lagged behind expectations, it is growing. Comptroller Lembo noted that the impact of the Plan has been greater than the enrolled membership. Several municipalities used quotes from the Partnership Plan to negotiate savings from current insurers. There are no plans to open the plan to nonprofit organizations, as originally intended in the SustiNet plan for comprehensive health reform in CT.