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Health Care Legislation Needs Your Support

May 13, 2011

Governor Malloy and your Senator needs to hear from you NOW!

Tell them why health care reform is important to you and ask them to deliver choices to CT residents; public and private options along with a change in the delivery of health care.

For the Governor call:  1-800-406-1527 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-406-1527      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

For the Democratic Senators call:  1-800-842-1240 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-842-1240      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

For the Republican Senators call: 1-800-842-1421 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-842-1421      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Thank you for taking action today.

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Free Workshop to Improve Advocacy Strategies for Developmental Services

May 13, 2011

The A.J. Pappanikou Center on Disabilities and The Kennedy Center
are sponsoring a free workshop on Improving Hospital and Nursing Home Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

This workshop will focus on challenges experienced by people with developmental disabilities in hospitals and nursing home settings. Discussion will explore advocacy strategies to improve services and outcomes, and alternatives to nursing home placements.
Presented by: Gerard Kerins, MD, FACP – Hospital of St. Raphael
Anne Broadhurst and Chris Gaynor – Office of Protection and Advocacy

Date:          Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time:          1:30 pm to 4:30 pm (Registration – 1:00)
Location:  Fairfield University – Barone Campus Center – Oak Room
                     1073 N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT
Please register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B5QZS52 by May 16, 2011

Planning CT’s Health Insurance Exchange

May 6, 2011

The State of CT is holding public forums on the Health Insurance Exchange which is under policy development and inviting consumers of health care to design and learn the purpose and functions of the Exchange.   The Exchange is a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act which professes to provide a marketplace for consumers to shop for and enroll in health insurance.   Important concerns for health care consumers that need to be questioned at these meetings include:

  • Privacy policy.  (1) a commitment to obtaining explicit consent from patients, (2) a mandate for robust privacy and security  mechanisms and (3) recourse for individuals victimized by a data breach.  Recommend an opt-in policy.
  • Representation.  Both consumers and small business should be represented on the board.  An Advisory Committee  might be a good recommendation to insure that the consumer voice is heard.
  • Conflict of Interest.  Groups or individuals who are going to profit from the exchange should be excluded from serving on the board — especially insurers or brokers.  The board should be serving the consumers on the exchange, not special interests.
  • Non-Profit Choice.  There aren’t enough choices of insurance in Connecticut for small employers and individuals.  A  non-profit public option, such as SustiNet should be offered as one of the choices.

Please join one of the meetings below:

Hartford, CT                                                       Windham, CT

May 9, 2011                                                        May 17, 2011

6:00-7:30 pm                                                      6:30-8:00 pm

Public Library, Downtown                            Windham Middle School

500 Main Street                                                 123 Quarry Street

Thanks for your support – Keep it coming

May 6, 2011

Governor Malloy and the legislature have just 30 days to pass SustiNet (House Bill 6305) and secure a clear path to health care that:

* spends our state’s health care dollars more wisely

* delivers better care and promotes good health

* offers a nonprofit, public health care plan as an alternative to private, for-profit insurance

As health care advocates, please take action to phone Governor Malloy at 1–800-406-1527 and your Senator.  Tell them why health care reform is important to you and ask them to deliver on the promise of SustiNet.

Sample Letter

Dear

Connecticut needs your help when it comes to changing our expensive and inaccessible health care system.  Connecticut residents and small  businesses are unable to afford health care without belonging to a large  group.  And medium and large businesses are asking employees to pay more for their  health care premiums.  At this rate, business and Connecticut residents are losing which means the state is losing healthy working people and business.

Surrounding states are taking the lead in changing their health care system; Maine with universal health care system and Vermont will be passing a single payer system this year.  Connecticut could be in the forefront to offer choice, both private and public insurance to meet all of Connecticut’s needs.  Almost 400,000 residents need health insurance today and can’t wait three years for the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act when Connecticut has a public option, SustiNet.  Please deliver on your promise to pass the Implementation of SustiNet.

Thank you.

RALLY TIME @ HARTFORD TRAIN STATION, APRIL 27, 6:00

April 26, 2011

Despite the recent article in The Hartford Courant, we can still impact the legislation of SustiNet. The train has not reached it’s destination and SUSTINET needs your show of support to move it forward. Please bring your friends and join hundreds who agree with you that CT’s health care delivery system needs reform NOW!

GET ON BOARD FOR SUSTINET!!!!

For more details, contact Eva Csejtey @ 860-230-5008 or eva.csejtey@ucantct.org

GET ON BOARD FOR SUSTINET

April 20, 2011

Please join us to show support for CT’s health care reform law – SustiNet. 

– CT is ready to put SustiNet into action –

 Our state legislators need your support for a public option.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 6:00 pm

Hartford Tain Station

1 Union Place, Hartford CT

Transportation may be available – Call Eva Csejtey, 860-230-5008 for a reservation.

GOP 2012 Budget Plan Eliminates Medicare Benefits

April 6, 2011

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA) reports that the Republican 2012 Budget Plan ends the Medicare guarantee and seniors will be forced to pay for their own health care costs through private insurance.  How many seniors agree that Medicare should be private?  Anyone want to pay more than the current Medicare rate for insurance?  If you don’t want to lose Medicare, please speak out now to your US Legislature at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov.  Ask your legislatures to to pay out of pocket for their health care benefits.

If not enough individuals speak out and the GOP budget is approved, then protection for exorbitant insurance rate increases needs to be addressed in our State Legislature.  The following bill proposes public hearings for insurance rate reviews as past history in Connecticut has been full approval of rate reviews submitted with no public and governmental input until the last one in November 2010 due to public outcry of approvals of 20-49% premium increases. 

SB 11:  AN ACT CONCERNING THE RATE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES.

 Statement of Purpose:

To establish procedures for a hearing for rate or amount filings made for certain insurance policies, agreements or contracts, to authorize the Healthcare Advocate or the Attorney General, or both, to be a party to any such hearing and to specify the amount of time the Insurance Department is required to retain certain records.

ACTION:  Write to Commissioner Leonardi and your legislatures to uphold their responsibility to premium payers for fairness.