This Week in CHCACTion
June 5, 2017
This Week in CHCACTivities
As we approach the last week of the legislative session, many people have asked about the status of the state budget for the two years beginning July 1, and more specifically, potential cuts to the HUSKY program.
The governor’s budget proposal, as well as proposals from legislators on both sides of the aisle, would cut eligibility for HUSKY – kicking almost 10,000 parents off of the state’s Medicaid program. However, CHCACT, health centers, other health providers, advocates and patients have been fighting to retain coverage at current levels.
Given the state’s budgetary challenges (we face a large deficit, due mostly to declining income tax revenues and obligations to state retirees) and other factors, policymakers have had significant conversations around cuts, employee concessions and potential sources of revenue, including a new casino, highway tolls and even the legalization/taxation of marijuana. However, to date, they have been unable to achieve agreement on most items.
Therefore, it looks as if policymakers will not have voted on a budget for the new fiscal year by the end of the session on Wednesday, June 7th. Instead, the legislature will come back in Special Session later this month to vote on a budget agreement.
What can you do in the interim? You can call policymakers to tell them to protect HUSKY! At this time, with Congress seriously considering restructuring the entire Medicaid program as well as repealing the Affordable Care Act, Connecticut must recommit itself to this important program.
Ask your legislators and the governor to protect HUSKY!
Governor Dannel P. Malloy: 860-566-4840.
Thanks for showing your support and helping to protect health care for CT residents!
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This Week in Health Policy News
Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Deb Polun at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out all the Health Policy News from the past month here!
6.3.17 New Haven Register: Editorial – Blocking Access to Community Health Centers Would Be Devastating Blow
State Health News
6.4.17 Hartford Courant: As Medical Marijuana Debate Continues, a Girl’s Life is Changed
6.3.17 CT NewsJunkie: Senate Sends Infertility Coverage Bill to Governor
5.31.17 CT Health I-Team: Yale Study – Minority Breast Cancer Patients Less Likely to Have Genetic Test
Health Insurance/Health Reform News
6.4.17 CT Post: Connecticut Would See Drastic Cuts to Medicaid Under New Health Care Bill
6.2.17 CT Mirror: Malloy Objects to Mandate on Coverage for Pregnant Women
6.1.17 NY Times: Trump Rule Could Deny Birth Control Coverage to Hundreds of Thousands of Women
5.31.17 CT Mirror: With Obamacare at Risk in CT, 73K Could Lose Subsidies
5.31.17 Hartford Business Journal: Study – CT Consumers Not as Satisfied with their Health Plans
5.31.17 Fairfield County Business Journal: Connecticut Agency Sets Public Hearings on Health Insurance Rate Hikes
National/Other Health News
6.5.17 NY Times: Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster than Ever
June 2017 Governing: When the School Nurse is on a Screen, Instead of in the Office