This Week in CHCACTion!
February 25, 2019
This Week in CHCACTivities
Update from the State Capitol: The Legislative Session started about six weeks ago and runs until June 5th. Over the past month, individual legislators and legislative committees have proposed thousands of bills, and last Wednesday, Governor Lamont released his proposal for the next biennial budget.
CHCACT’s legislative priorities have been set by the Board, and include protecting HUSKY, providing payments for eConsults, protecting nonprofits from property taxes, and other initiatives. For the next several weeks, CHCACT will be testifying about these and other legislative and fiscal proposals, providing the perspective of health centers and their patients on important state issues. Testifying at a public hearing can be done in writing and/or in person; importantly, testifying is often just the beginning of the conversation around a policy proposal. Throughout the course of the session, people can write to their state legislators to provide input, helping to shape a bill before it gets voted on by the whole House and Senate (which usually does not happen for a few more months). You can read all of CHCACT’s testimony on the Advocacy page of our web site.
As for the budget proposal, CHCACT is pleased to see that Governor Lamont did not recommend any cuts to HUSKY eligibility or services. However, we are concerned about a recommended cut to funding for school-based health centers and about the proposal to implement an asset test for the Medicare Savings Program. We will be testifying on those issues in the coming weeks.
In addition to testifying at public hearings, CHCACT also meets individually with legislators, to share information about health centers and the CHCACT priorities. We also have a display in the concourse that runs between the State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building.
Finally, you are all invited to join us for CHCACT’s annual Legislative Reception, this coming Wednesday, February 27th at 4:30 pm at the Legislative Office Building. The reception provides great opportunities to share the good work of health centers with policymakers and staff. Come, and bring a friend or colleague!
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|Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals
The BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals develops and expands community-based experiential training to increase the supply of students preparing to become peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce.
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!
2.21.19 Norwich Bulletin — Being a Recovery Coach is Reward and the Stakes are High (feat. UCFS)
2.19.19 News12 — Jump Around! Sky Zone Norwalk Hosts Presidents Day Benefit (feat. Norwalk Community Health Center)
2.24.19 CT By the Numbers — Amidst Economic Recovery in New England, Poverty Rate Remains Highest in CT
2.22.19 CT NewsJunkie — UConn Health Announces Data Breach
2.22.19 CT NewsJunkie — Lamont Takes Steps to Address Opioid Epidemic
2.22.19 Hartford Business Journal — Coleman-Mitchell Returns to DPH as Commissioner
2.20.19 CT Health Policy Project Blog — Governor’s First Budget Proposal Has Plenty of Good News, With a Bit of Wait-and-See News
2.21.19 CT NewsJunkie — Public Option Discussion Moves Forward
2.22.19 CT Viewpoints — Primary Care MDs Often Overworked, Dissatisfied, Burned Out
2.22.19 Washington Post — Trump Administration Bars Clinics that Provide Abortions or Abortion Referrals from Federal Funding
2.21.19 CT Post — Attacks on Health Care Workers Prompt Federal Legislation
2.21.19 HRSA eNews — Rural Health Disparities to the Fore