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Dear Friend,

As 2013 draws to a close, on behalf of our Board and Staff, I’d like to send you our very best wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

It has been another fast-paced and productive year, and our thoughts turn gratefully to you and all our partners and supporters who’ve generously contributed to our effort to confront the many health care challenges facing the people of Connecticut and to transform the health system.  

Among our key efforts this past year, the Foundation has:

  • Collaborated with the Connecticut Library Consortium to provide librarians training on the Affordable Care Act and Access Health CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace. Through the fall, we trained more than  250 librarians. We expanded to offer public workshops, working through nonprofit organizations, community foundations, Rotary clubs and many others.  We’ve reached 1400 people and trained presenters who’ve reached hundreds more in communities across the state.  Twenty workshops have already been scheduled and more are in the works for the coming year.  There is deep interest among people in our state to understand the Affordable Care Act and what it means to their lives.
  • Launched the Reform to Transform forum series in October with a panel discussion that focused on the high cost of health care.  Attended by over 300 people, we held the forum at Quinnipiac University’s Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The program featured Steven Brill, author of the provocative Time Magazine article, "The Bitter Pill:  Why Medical Bills are Killing Us."  Joining Mr. Brill on the panel were Patrick Charmel, CEO of Griffin Hospital and Kevin Lembo, State Comptroller. Journalist Susan Campbell moderated. Stay tuned for information about upcoming forums in 2014!  We plan to explore topics like what over-treatment and under-treatment mean to our health and health care, and what we can do about it.

Forum Delves into Root Causes of High Health Care Costs

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For Immediate Release

October 28, 2013

Contact: Alice Straight communications officer, 203-639-0550 Ext. 309
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PRESS RELEASE

FORUM DELVES INTO ROOT CAUSES OF HIGH HEALTH CARE COSTS

More than 250 people were expected to converge at Quinnipiac University’s North Haven campus today to hear a panel of experts weigh-in and offer different perspectives on the problems driving the high cost of health care in Connecticut.
 
The featured speaker at “Drowning in Health Care Costs: All Hands on Deck” was headlining author and investigative journalist Steven Brill. His cover story in Time magazine in February 2013 revealed the arbitrary and mysterious system of health care pricing, particularly at hospitals. Brill was joined by Patrick Charmel, president and CEO of Griffin Hospital in Derby, and Kevin Lembo, state comptroller. The discussion was moderated by journalist Susan Campbell.

“The foundation’s ‘Reform to Transform’ initiative is about focusing attention on building a high performing health care system that meets the needs of all people and is sustainable over the long haul,” said Frances G. Padilla, president of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, which hosted the forum with its parent organization, the Connecticut Health Advancement and Research Trust (CHART).  “The Affordable Care Act provides a great chance for Connecticut to move to the next level, if we are smart enough to take full advantage of the opportunities it offers. ”

In his 36-page cover story, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us,” Brill reported that a major part of the problem is hospitals’ arbitrary pricing based on an internal list known as the “chargemaster.”  Brill wrote in his piece, “That so few consumers seem to be aware of the chargemaster demonstrates how well the health care industry has steered the debate from why bills are so high to who should pay them.”

Health Care Foundation urges governor and lawmakers to maintain parents on state's health plan

For Immediate Release
MARCH 12, 2013
Contact:  Alice Straight, 203-443-3415 (cell)
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In the wake of a report released today highlighting the negative impact of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s budget proposal to cut nearly 38,000 parents from the state’s health insurance program, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut is urging the governor and lawmakers to leave current HUSKY eligibility levels for low-income parents intact.

“Taking away the security of decent health coverage from people who already live on the economic edge and raising health care costs for us all clearly flies in the face of the Affordable Care Act and state health reforms,” said Frances G. Padilla, president of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. 

Under the governor’s proposal, HUSKY eligibility will be cut for parents with incomes between 133 and 185 percent of the federal poverty, or annual incomes of $25,975 to $36,131 for a family of three.  These residents would instead be expected to purchase private health coverage through Access Health CT, the new health insurance exchange established by the state under the federal Affordable Care Act. The state is expected to save $2,400 per person in Medicaid spending, according to a new report by the Connecticut Health Foundation, which is based on research it commissioned by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Health Law and Economics

Health Foundation Supports Continued HUSKY A Coverage

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2013

Contact: Alice Straight 203-639-0550 ext. 309; 203-443-3415 (cell)

PRESS RELEASE

Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut announced today that it stands in support of those rallying to preserve HUSKY A at the Capitol.

“Taking away the security of decent health coverage from an estimated 7,500 to 11,000 people who already live on the economic edge is unfair to them and increases the cost of coverage for all of us,” said Frances G. Padilla, president of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. “We at the foundation urge the governor and the legislators to reconsider the proposal and to allow parents to continue to be covered by HUSKY.”

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