HUSKY and Public Health Care Options at the Legislature This Week

Two important public hearings on health care issues this week:

Tuesday, March 5 - Public hearing on the Department of Social Services budget, which includes Medicaid/HUSKY, begins at 4:30 pm. Details on signing up to testify and submitting testimony below. Medicaid advocates suggest describing how important Medicaid is and urging that the legislature adopt the Governor’s budge proposals which preserve Medicaid in Connecticut.

Thursday, March 7 - Public health care options for Connecticut. Public hearing on HB 7267, An Act Concerning Public Options for Health Care in Connecticut and related activities. Details on signing up to testify and submitting testimony below. Talking points on HB 7267 here. Join us between 10:00 and 2:30 at the LOB to demonstrate the importance of quality, affordable health care options for small businesses, non-profit organizations and people buying on the private market. We will have information about activities in the 2nd Floor atrium (outside the Human Services Committee offices).

10:30 - Press conference on Public Health Care Option - Room 2D
11:00 - Visibility actions in the LOB, outside the hearing room
12:00 - Public hearing - Room 2D. First hour reserved for public officials

Please let us know if you plan to be there on the 7th. E-mail jmcnichol@universalhealthct.org.

Details on how to testify or submit written testimony available here or in the CT General Assembly Bulletin at www.cga.ct.gov.

Jane McNichol
Health Care Heats Up at the Legislature

Hearings on important health care bills in the Legislature this session are happening now! Discussion about these bills will continue throughout the legislative session. Here’s some of the highlights:

  • State Budget: Governor Lamont’s budget proposal did not contain the usual list of cuts to Medicaid (HUSKY). But it did rely heavily on tax changes (expanding the base of the sales tax to services such as legal fees and accounting services, for instance). If the legislature does not adopt the proposed revenue increases, the alternative could be service cuts. The public hearing on the Department of Social Services budget, which includes Medicaid/HUSKY, is Tuesday, March 5, starting at 4:30 pm. Medicaid advocates suggest testifying or submitting testimony describing how important Medicaid is and urging that the legislature adopt the Governor’s proposals to preserve Medicaid in Connecticut.

  • Prescription Drug Prices: HB 7174 would create a drug discount program for individuals that would allow them to purchase drugs at the prices negotiated by the state employee health plan and allow municipalities and self-insured companies to purchase drugs for their employees at this negotiated price. The bill would also study drug reimportation and address drug costs in other ways. Hearing on this bill is Thursday, February 28 at 11:00 am. Fact sheet here.

  • High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP): SB 902 proposes various steps to regulate high deductible health plans. Hearing on this bill is Thursday, February 28 at 11:00 am. Fact sheet here.

  • Public Health Care Option: Details of this bill are still being developed. Hearing is likely to be Thursday, March 7 with a press conference in the morning before the hearing. Bill will likely address options for small businesses, individuals buying on the private market and immigrants. More details as they become available.

Details on how to testify or submit written testimony available here or in the CT General Assembly Bulletin at www.cga.ct.gov.

Jane McNichol