Learn about affordable (public) health care options for Connecticut

The Insurance and Real Estate and Human Services Committee held an informational hearing on possible designs of public option health care plans that would offer more affordable health care for Connecticut residents. This CT News Junkie article summarizes the hearing.

A video recording of the full hearing, which lasts two and a half hours, is available here. In case you don’t have time to watch the whole recording, here’s the starting points of various presentations:

- 4:00 minutes - Jacob Hacker, Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University, on ways to design affordable options for health care coverage
- 17 minutes - Frances Padilla, President, Universal Health Care Foundation of CT, on consumer experience with health care costs
- 25 minutes - Q and A for Hacker and Padilla
- 56 minutes - Kevin Lembo, CT State Comptroller, on opening the state employee health care plan to small businesses
at 1 hour, 21 minutes - Ted Doolittle, CT Healthcare Advocate, on the need to control costs in the health care system
- 1 hour, 35 minutes - Cindy Mann, Manatt, former Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, on approaches taken in other states
- 2 hours, 2 minutes - Dan Meuse, Deputy Director, State Health and Value Strategies, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton University, on approaches taken in other states.

Jane McNichol