- Exchanges: In July 2011 Governor Dan Malloy signed into law S.B. 921, establishing the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange. The 14-member board will select which plans may be eligible for participation, with guidance and policy proposals from the Office of Policy and management. The exchange recently appointed its CEO.
- Essential Health Benefits: Connecticut continues development of its EHB benchmark plan. The state Insurance Department has studied potential benchmarks throughout 2012 and recommended that the legislature not pass additional mandates during the 2012 session. An advisory committee recommended that the state select its third-largest small group plan as its EHB benchmark, and the state’s Exchange Advisory Board endorsed the recommendation on July 27. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days, and the Board will conduct a final vote after the comment period expires.
- Medicaid Expansion: Governor Malloy was one of the first governors to sign up for the Medicaid expansion.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Connecticut currently has 136,776 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 23% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
NEWS OF NOTE
» Hartford Courant – Health Exchange Chief Explains How it Will Work
» Connecticut Mirror – Health Exchange Panel Struggles to Balance Need vs Cost in Benchmark Plan
» Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman Statement on Supreme Court Decision (press release)
» Hartford Courant – State House Approves Bill Expanding Board that Oversees Connecticut Health Exchange
» The Connecticut Mirror – Malloy Vetoes Insurance Rate Review Bill
» Hartford Business Journal – CT Group Pushes Health Exchange Shakeup