Medicaid Public Option/Health Care Action Day Photos

Posted 3/19/2018

The Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing on the Medicaid Public Option Bill (HB 5463) this Tuesday, March 20, beginning at noon. Details about the hearing and sign-up procedures in the legislative Bulletin here, under Public Hearings. The hearing on this bill was originally scheduled for last week but was postponed because of snow. Details about the bill below.

Thanks to all who participated in Health Care Action Day last Wednesday! About 50 activists came to Hartford to meet with legislators and let them know that Health Care Matters. See photos here. 

HB 5463: An Act Concerning a Medicaid Public Option (HUSKY E) would require that the Department of Social Services design a program for Connecticut residents who aren't eligible for Medicaid/HUSKY to buy coverage. Thanks to Rose Ferraro of Universal Health Care Foundation of CT for this summary of the key points of the bill:

  • To be implemented by DSS Commissioner in consultation with the Office of Health Strategy and Health Care Cabinet
  • Creates HUSKY E as a Medicaid public option
  • Includes, but not limited to, Essential Health Benefits
  • For those not eligible for HUSKY A, B, C and D
  • Funded by premiums charged to enrollees

HUSKY E study needs to include an examination of whether the state should:

  • Apply for a state innovation waiver to allow people to use Advance Premium Tax Credits and cost sharing subsidies towards their premiums
  • Charge enrollees copays and deductibles, and if so, at what amounts
  • Sell the HUSKY E plan on Access Health CT

       January 1, 2019 – Complete study
       February 1, 2019 – Submit plan and federal waiver (if applicable) to legislature
       Within 30 days of receipt of plan by legislature, hold public hearing on plan
       January 1, 2020 – Implement Medicaid Public Option

Jane McNichol