By Lynne Ide |
The 2018 Connecticut General Assembly session opens on February 7. Will the health care struggles of everyday people be on the radar for action?
Health care costs too much for too many individuals, families and businesses. Many people with health coverage have trouble paying their bills and maintaining that coverage. And the high cost of care eats up more and more of our tax dollars.
But when people ask for relief from their elected representatives, too often the response is: we can’t do anything now.
Universal Health Care Foundation (UHCF) has actively participated in the development of the Healthcare Cabinet’s draft recommendations to address high and rising prescription drug costs. Frances Padilla, Foundation President, serves on the Cabinet and chaired the Cost Determination and Cost Containment Work Group. Jill Zorn, Senior Policy Officer, participated on the Legislative and Administrative Initiatives Review Work Group.
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.
Universal 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.
By Jill Zorn
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.
A message from Frances G. Padilla
President, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
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.
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.