We need action on health care in the 2020 session

February 6, 2020

By Lynne Ide

 

The 2020 state Legislative Session kicks off February 5 and ends on May 6, and it is high time that legislators take action to help everyday people get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. 

But will they do it? Here are three key factors that loom on the political landscape: 

We need to make sure our legislators and Governor Lamont do not walk away on May 6 without taking action to help families struggling with high health care costs.   

Here are my state health care action hopes for 2020: 

 

1.Help people with the high of cost prescription drugs.  States are limited in what they can do without ending up in endless court battles with well-funded Big Pharma.  Here are a few ideas: 

 

2. Help people struggling with High Deductible Health Plans.  Too many people put off the care they need, because they can’t afford to pay down their deductible before their insurance coverage kicks in.  (It is not uncommon for individuals to have a $6,000 deductible, or a family with a $12,000 deductible.  People are paying monthly premiums and still not getting care.)  

 

3. Protect the more than 850,000 state residents who count on Medicaid (HUSKY) for health care.  Connecticut must resist any effort to reduce eligibility for Medicaid (HUSKY) coverage.  Across the state, in every community, working, elderly, and disabled people and children count on HUSKY.  The federal government contributes the bulk of the funding for Medicaid with states making up the balance.   

4. Set the stage for new ways to offer health plan options – such as a state-backed health plan – to small businesses, whose employees are often left to buy their own health care coverage.  Too many small business owners and employees struggle to afford and keep quality health coverage, as the small group health insurance market offers fewer options and is costly.  

We need you with us in this fight! We will be sending out Action Alerts and E-Blasts throughout the session when you can have an impact on these decisions. Add your voice here. 

 

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