Goal: Shape state healthcare policy to reduce costs while increasing quality and access
Healthcare costs are among Connecticut employers’ greatest concerns. Policymakers should not only reject any future health coverage mandates that drive up costs but also reduce the number of existing mandates. Implementation of the federal healthcare law must take into account the needs of the business community and leverage the state’s private-sector market to promote wellness, preventive care, and chronic disease management in an effort to lower cost, improve quality, and increase access.
Reduce existing state healthcare mandates in order to lower costs and increase health insurance plan options.
Reject future mandates that, under federal legislation, would be a direct cost to the state.
Encourage competition and a level playing field that will offer employers more choice among health insurance plans both within and outside the state’s exchange.
Continue to reduce cost-shifting to the private sector by ensuring doctors and hospitals are appropriately reimbursed for services provided to Medicaid patients.
Address one of the largest cost-drivers in health insurance by modifying medical malpractice claim statutes to: