A Connecticut coalition of business, healthcare and health insurance representatives released consensus principles for effective healthcare reform to the state Legislature. The coalition includes the Connecticut Hospital Association, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and the Connecticut Association of Health Plans.
The principles draw on a research and policy framework proposed by the Connecticut Health Insurance Policy Council and also recommendations of Connecticut elected officials. One key principle for reform is that the Legislature must increase reimbursement to providers under the Medicaid and general assistance programs, the coalition said.
The coalition said in a news release that a major concern shared by the members is that the many health reform proposals on the table could weaken the current healthcare system and the healthcare safety net on which we all rely.
Cost-shifting from those enrolled in state-financed programs to commercial insurers and employers is no longer a viable option, the coalition said. The coalition said much of the funding for the initiatives contained in the principles can be found within existing state and federal resources. -- by Cinda Becker