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Advocates raise questions about ‘shared savings’

Mark Schaefer, director of Health Innovation, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. (Christine Stuart photo)
Mark Schaefer, director of Health Innovation, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A group reforming how all medical care is paid for in the state butted heads Thursday with a group of health care advocates who are worried about steps the group is taking with the Medicaid population.

The group of advocates thought they reached a compromise with the State Innovation Model group back in December, but a second grant application to the federal government this month shows the state moving ahead with a “shared savings” model for the low-income Medicaid population.

The 25 advocacy organizations that signed this letter Thursday worry that under a “shared savings” model health providers would be tempted to deny Medicaid patients care or access to specialists because there would be a financial incentive to not provide that care.

New Haven Legal Assistance Attorney Sheldon Toubman told the group Thursday that it was their “moment of truth.” Would they listen to the advocates or ignore them?

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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