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Opinion: Connecticut shouldn’t revert back to failed Medicaid policies

Ellen Andrews
Ellen Andrews

Ellen Andrews is the executive director of the Connecticut Health Policy Project.

Connecticut policymakers’ plan to radically reform our state’s health care system just got more radical. The plan, labeled the State Innovation Model (SIM), is meant to change how the billions of dollars Connecticut spends each year on health care is paid for and delivered for everyone in our state.

Connecticut has a poor history with impulsive moves toward reckless, untested new incentive schemes in health care. Unfortunately SIM planners are proposing just that—putting efforts to win a modest federal grant to fund state agencies ahead of those lessons and what is best for Connecticut consumers and taxpayers.

The final SIM plan, approved in December, grew from a $3 million federal planning grant. The plan was drafted by state agencies, with virtually no consumer input. Advocates have concerns about many provisions in the plan, and we’ve been vocal about them, but we were comforted by the SIM plan’s commitment to respect and build on hard won progress in our Medicaid program. But now SIM proponents are chasing a bigger federal grant with millions to fund state agencies. Assurances about building on what works and learning from the past are being tossed aside.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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One response to “Opinion: Connecticut shouldn’t revert back to failed Medicaid policies”

  1. EveT

    As the full article says, under the current system “health care quality is up, fewer people are going to the emergency room for non-urgent problems, more providers are joining the program, and the cost of care per person is down.”
    What can voters do to prevent this SIM plan from derailing this progress?

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