ACTION ALERT: Public Comment Needed on Healthcare Cabinet Recommendations for Addressing High Prescription Drug Prices

By Jill Zorn |

The Healthcare Cabinet has written a draft report on how Connecticut can address high prescription drug prices and they are seeking public comment on their recommendations.  Go HERE (scroll to the bottom of the page) to find a copy of the report.

You can be sure that lobbyists for pharmaceutical corporations, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and insurers will be commenting.  That is why it is important for the voices of every-day people to be heard.  We also encourage non-profit organizations to weigh in on behalf of the people they serve and clinicians to comment on behalf of their patients.

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We Need YOU to Stand with Us in 2018

strong link.jpgUniversal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut has taken a hard look at the work that needs to be done to achieve quality, affordable health care for all Connecticut residents.

In the current political environment, we know that many defensive battles will need to be fought. We will be there.

And, we are committed to make sure our state is moving forward to realize the promise of health care we can ALL count on.

You can count on the Foundation to lead.

In 2018, we will focus on two pillars of work:

Protect Our Care CT Campaign

  • Protect – Ensure that Connecticut residents receive maximum benefit from the Affordable Care Act, and defend access to Medicaid, Medicare, and women’s health services
  • Lead – Develop and support new ideas that move Connecticut and the country closer to universal health care
  • Mobilize – Build organizing capacity in Connecticut that creates a system of empowered grassroots activists to defend and advance access to quality, affordable health care

Prescription drug prices

  • Establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Advocacy program that addresses fair pricing, transparency, and out-of-pocket cost relief

2018 holds peril and promise for the future of our health care. We hope you will stand with us in the fight. 

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Are Non-Profit Hospitals Earning Their Tax-Exempt Status?

By Jill Zorn

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On the last day of 2017, Politico published an article about Yale New Haven Hospital, A Tarnished Hospital Tries to Win Back Trust, focused on whether or not the hospital is giving back sufficiently to the community to earn it’s not-for-profit status.

This is the third in a series of articles Politico has published on other prominent non-profit hospital systems:  How the Cleveland Clinic Grows Healthier While its Neighbors Stay Sick and  Tax-Exempt Mayo Clinic Grows, but Rural Patients Pay a Price.

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Thank you!

A message from Frances G. Padilla

President, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut

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On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for joining us in the fight for better health care for everyone in our community.

In the face of political challenges, we are proud of what we accomplished in 2017. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Creation of Protect Our Care Connecticut campaign
    • In response to attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Foundation established the Protect Our Care CT (POCCT) campaign. In partnership with 30 organizations, POCCT seeks to preserve and strengthen the gains made by the ACA and defend Medicaid, Medicare, and women’s health programs for all Connecticut residents. Learn about what POCCT is doing here.
  • Fight against state cuts to Medicaid (HUSKY)
    • To amplify the voices of people affected by the proposed cuts, the Foundation worked with allies to shine a light on the value of HUSKY. At events this summer, real people had the opportunity to speak about the impact of the cuts in their lives and providers shared stories of people they would no longer be able to serve because of the cuts. See their stories here.
  • Passage of new law tackling high prescription drug costs
    • This bi-partisan bill aims to lower prescription drug costs for consumers:
      • Enables patients to pay a lower price at the pharmacy if the actual retail cost of the drug is lower than the co-pay
      • Bans “gag clauses” so that pharmacists are free to share prescription drug price information with patients and let them know if a lower cost equivalent alternative is available.

Thank you for your continued partnership in this valuable work.

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ACTION ALERT: Medicaid cuts still threatening coverage for CT residents

We’ve been keeping you in the loop regarding Medicaid cuts in the state budget, and opportunities to fight back against these devastating cuts.

The cut that has gotten a lot of attention is the Medicare Savings Program cut.

We let you know to call your legislators when this issue was heating up in the media, and alerted you about the rally held last week.  Months ago, we had a guest blog from Jonathan Miller, who told his story about the impact of this cut.

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The ACA Post-Tax Bill: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

By Jill Zorn |

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The terrible tax bill that just passed has huge negative implications for health care and the health of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  But the ACA, while weakened, is still standing.

Individual Mandate

The tax bill eliminates the individual mandate, allowing healthier people to drop coverage with no penalty.  Experts anticipate this will leave an insurance pool that has a greater proportion of people with health challenges who use more health care services, leading to an estimated 10% increase in premiums.

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Matthew’s Story

Matthew 12-22I found out I had insulin-dependent diabetes when I was in high-school. Back then, it was lousy, but dealing with it was no big deal – my parents had insurance that covered the care I needed. When I went to college, though, things changed. I had some coverage through my college years, then, nothing. If I wasn’t working, I had no health insurance. No health insurance is not a great place to be if you are a diabetic. 

After graduating, I managed to find regular work with good insurance coverage. I had this for many years – until I suffered a series of strokes. Sadly, although I didn’t realize it immediately, this was the end of my working days. My memory, strength, and reflexes started to go rapidly downhill.

My health insurance was covered by long-term disability through my former employer. This covered my health care, although expensively, to a point. When that ran out, I suddenly had nothing. But with help from family and some community resources, I got onto the HUSKY program. I had regular aide visits to help manage my conditions.  I began to have a routine again – I began to feel like I was living life again.

I can’t say enough how much the HUSKY program meant to me, and how it let me feel like I had the support to live my life.


We need your help to ensure these services are available to all people that need it – people just like Matthew. Support the work of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut today. Every gift – $25, $50, any amount that is right for you – allows us to fight for access to quality, affordable care for all Connecticut residents.

Every penny will help.

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