Connecticut Must Preserve a Process for Buying Hospitals

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January 23, 2015

Contact: Lynne Ide, Director of Program & Policy 860-215-0206


With the news that Tenet may return to the negotiating table with Governor Malloy over the purchase of Waterbury Hospital and four other hospitals, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut calls on state leaders to preserve an open and clear legal and regulatory process for companies who wish to buy hospitals.

When Tenet pulled its application to buy five non-profit hospitals last month, it was in the middle of a public and transparent process that included many stakeholders and members of the affected communities.  If Tenet is allowed to return to the state and circumvent or cut through the state's established public process, it will create a dangerous precedent.

“We are in uncharted territory,” said Frances Padilla, president of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. “Tenet, or any company looking to buy a hospital, must follow rules and go through a process that is in the public eye. If we as a state abandon due process, it could lead to deals that do not benefit the public and could be potentially harmful.”

Universal Health Care Foundation believes that state leaders must stand by existing legal and regulatory processes that govern hospital conversions.

“The Foundation urges state leaders to see the magnitude of these deals and their implications for the future of Connecticut’s hospitals and the communities they serve,” Padilla said. “Use this moment as a catalyst for meaningful and lasting polices that will ensure a hospital care system that meets the needs of Connecticut residents well into the 21st century.”

Statement from Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut Regarding VT Governor’s Retreat from Single-Payer Health Care Plan

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December 17, 2014

Contact: Lynne Ide, Director of Program & Policy 860-215-0206


This afternoon, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced that now is not the right time for Vermont to move forward in its effort to implement a single-payer health plan.

Statement from Lynne Ide, Director of Program & Policy, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut:

Vermont’s retreat from its bid to realize single-payer health care for its residents is disappointing.  It illustrates just how hard it is to retool a complex, costly and dysfunctional health care system that is protected by powerful interests.  Yet it is encouraging to see that Vermont plans to continue to improve its health care system through several innovative programs that are well underway. 

Despite Vermont’s setback, Universal Health Care Foundation remains committed to shaping a health system that will work best for Connecticut.  We look forward to 2017, when the Affordable Care Act allows states to move beyond federal health reform.

Connecticut Ranks #2 on Women’s Health Overall, but Racial & Ethnic Disparities Exist


October 13, 2014

New Report Card Highlights Connecticut’s Successes and the Need to Address Racial & Ethnic Disparities 


Connecticut is ranked #2 in the country in the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card released today by the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT and the CT Citizen Action Group, but the report also points to major race-based differences in women’s health that persist in the state.

The 2014 Women’s Health Report Card for Connecticut is available here:

2014 Women's Health Report Card for Connecticut

“Connecticut’s high overall ranking in women’s health is positive news, but we cannot become complacent. We must continue to be a leader in eradicating health disparities for women," said Frances Padilla, President of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. "It is critical that we remain vigilant and push for policies that will reduce racial and ethnic disparities. If we do not keep striving to be better, we will fail women of color who are who, by virtue of public policy and economic and social circumstances, continue to lack access to affordable, quality health care and ways to prevent illness, especially chronic illness, and they will pay the price.”

Connecticut Health Foundations Co-sponsor 2014 Journalism Fellow

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May 13, 2014


Hartford, Conn. – The Connecticut Health Foundation and Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut today announced that they are pleased to have co-sponsored Magaly Olivero, an accomplished journalist who covers health and wellness for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT), as this year’s Fellow in the Blue Cross Blue Blue Shield of Massachusetts Health Coverage Fellowship Journalism Program.

Olivero, whose work has appeared in U.S. News and World Reports, Newsweek, The York Times, among others, began covering health topics for C-HIT in 2010, when the online news site, dedicated to health and safety, first launched.  In addition to serving as the publisher and editor of Better Health Magazine in New Haven, she has worked for the Associated Press and several daily newspapers during her career.  A self-described daughter of Cuban immigrants, she speaks Spanish and English fluently and often writes about uninsured and underinsured populations, including people who face health care disparities.


Health Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Help Consumer Health Coverage Enrollment Effort

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January 13, 2014
Contact: Alice Straight communications officer, 203-639-0550 ext. 309

Health Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Help Consumer Health Coverage Enrollment Effort

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut has awarded a $50,000 grant to Access Health CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, to support the six nonprofit Navigator organizations in the state.

As required under the Affordable Care Act, the Navigator organizations conduct direct education and health care coverage enrollment activities in their designated regions. They also serve as a resource to the many trained assisters and application counselors who are working one-on-one with people in their communities to inform them about new health plan options as well as help enroll residents that do not have coverage.  

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