Some Connecticut legislators are seriously looking into creating a Basic Health Plan for people who make between 133 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level, instead of forcing them to use the new private health insurance exchanges.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 15, 2011 3:00 pm|
The somewhat good news here is that the seamless coverage regulations proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services have been widely praised. They are designed to do all those calculations backstage, so that the consumer need only to visit one portal to figure out which program they slot into. And it sets up a process for annual eligibility review, so individuals are not responsible for flagging their increase in income. Individuals who end up making too much for Medicaid will get to keep their coverage until they get a new plan on the exchange.
The somewhat bad news is that because of the new rules, the tax credits just got less affordable.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday March 3, 2011 3:50 pm|
Private health insurance in American is extremely inefficient and more costly that public insurance. A single public program directly and collectively bargaining with providers for thousands of individuals is going to get a much better deal than one low-income individual with no market power and limited knowledge buying a product from a middleman.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 19, 2011 7:20 pm|
Like the SustiNet Board in Connecticut, the Commonwealth Advisory Committee suggests against forcing this population to use the new exchanges for basically the same reason–the private insurance exchanges will likely result in worse coverage at a greater cost to both the customers and the government.
|By: Jon Walker Monday January 17, 2011 7:55 am|
Connecticut is poised to be on the leading progressive edge of what is possible under the new federal health care law by providing a rather robust state-based public option. If the state adopts the proposed SustiNet health plan (PDF) it would integrate the many different group insurance plans the state currently provides into a unified [...]
|By: David Dayen Friday January 7, 2011 6:30 pm|
With talk of repealing health care in the air, I thought it would be a good time to look at a couple New England states going in the opposite direction: Vermont and Connecticut. Both of them are in the midst of designing or recommending alternatives to the private health care market, which could go all the way up to a single payer program.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 5, 2011 4:45 pm|
The subsidized private health insurance exchanges created by the new health care law are going to do a very poor job of providing affordable health care to the low income Americans they are meant to serve, according to a new draft report to the Connecticut General Assembly from the Sustinet Health Partnership Board of Directors.