Our work is centered in the fight for justice – health, racial, economic and social.

We focus our health care advocacy in four key areas: affordability, access, accountability, and anti-racism/equity.

We center our call to action in the stories of real people who struggle to get the care they need and can afford. The stories we hear are powerful reminders of the shortcomings in our systems – not just in health care, but across the board in so many parts of our lives. These stories also provide hope and fuel for action and change.

We listen to our grassroots partners and community leaders to learn what they need and want. What is their vision of justice?

We work in coalitions that share our values to build power for health and other forms of justice.

Our 2022 Policy Priorities

Advance public policy initiatives to improve access, affordability, accountability and anti-racism/equity

Focus on five priorities:

  • Enact health coverage for immigrants, regardless of age or status
  • Establish a state Prescription Drug Affordability Board 
  • Expand ways to hold hospitals accountable to meet community health needs in all regions of the state
  • Promote oversight to protect consumers from insurance, hospital system and prescription drug industry abuse 
  • Support for behavioral health initiatives to meet diverse community health needs

If you are interested in talking about our policy work, please contact Rosana Ferraro, Program Lead for Health Justice Policy Advocacy at: [email protected]

What we work on: 

  • Access

  • Coverage

  • Affordability

  • Equity

Our testimony (2022)

Title
Affordable housing: Testimony supporting measures that would help to expand affordable housing in the state (HB 5204)
Consumer protection: Testimony in support of the Insurance Department studying prior authorizations in health care coverage (HB 5447)
Consumer protection: Testimony opposing changes to the Board of Directors of the state health insurance exchange, Access Health CT (SB 362)
Health care affordability: Testimony in support of establishing a program to increase access to care for those without insurance (HB 5040)
Health care affordability: Testimony in support of expanding the eligibility of the Covered Connecticut health insurance program to provide access to this zero-cost coverage program to more people (SB 34)
Health care affordability: Testimony in support of putting into statute the Cost Growth Benchmark, which focuses on bringing down health spending in the state (HB 5042)
Health care affordability: Testimony in support of requiring the Insurance Commissioner to consider affordability as a factor when reviewing health insurance rates for approval (SB 356)
Hospital accountability: Testimony in support of improving the state’s monitoring of how hospitals are investing in their community – known as community benefit (SB 476)
Hospital accountability: Testimony in support of strengthening our Certificate of Need laws, which oversee when hospitals buy other hospitals or physician practices (HB 5449)
Immigrant coverage: Testimony in support of covering all income-eligible children, regardless of immigration status, through the state’s HUSKY (Medicaid/CHIP) program (SB 284)
Paid sick leave: Testimony in support of expanding paid sick days and domestic worker coverage (SB 312)
Prescription drug prices: Testimony in support of a Prescription Drug Affordability Board (SB 260)
Progressive and fair taxation: Testimony in support of establishing a capital gain surcharge so that all pay their fair share (SB 28)
Progressive and fair taxation: Testimony in support of establishing a Child Tax Credit in the state (HB 5403)
Progressive and fair taxation: Testimony in support of increasing the state Earned Income Tax Credit (SB 29)
Progressive and fair taxation: Testimony in support of increasing the state Earned Income Tax Credit (SB 383)
Progressive and fair taxation: Testimony in support of requiring the Governor to consider equity in the budget (HB 5437)
Progressive and fair taxation: Testimony in support of taxing residential properties valued at greater than $1 million so that all pay their fair share (SB 21)
Voting rights: Testimony in support of extending absentee voting eligibility due to COVID-19 for the November 2022 elections (HB 5262)
Voting rights: Testimony in support of extending absentee voting eligibility due to COVID-19 for the November 2022 elections (SB 184)