Medicaid Public Option Bill - Hearing March 13

Posted 3/9/2018

There's a new health care proposal under discussion at the State Capitol next week. 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

On Tuesday, March 13, the Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on this bill. See details about this hearing in the CT General Assembly Bulletin under "Public Hearings".

Join the Health Care Action Day on March 14 to talk to legislators about this and other important bills. 

Jane McNichol