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LOWER COSTS, BETTER CARE

With the Supreme Court uphold the health reform law, it’s time for the states to move forward to make sure consumers see the benefit of lower costs and better quality coverage.

At stake is how we set up new insurance marketplaces — the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care. The new state insurance exchanges will allow small businesses, those of us who buy health care on our own, and the uninsured to shop for cheaper health care plans and find some relief from increasingly brutal premiums.  

Done right, the exchange will save billions and level the balance of power between consumers and the health care industry — driving the industry to cut waste and prioritize high-quality care.

The health care industry has spent millions to influence decisions on health care, so they know how high the stakes are.

In order to help us fight back against the kind of price jumps and trap-door coverage we’ve all been suffering from, ConnPIRG is pushing to see that the exchanges:

  1. Negotiate for better plans. By demanding better care for less cost, the exchanges can use the collective power of hundreds of thousands of consumers to finally demand that the industry does better. 
  2. Have high standards, so that bad plans aren’t an option. 
  3. Are open to as many people as possible. Limits that shut some individuals and businesses out of the exchanges would reduce its ability to lower costs — and will be a key tactic that industry lobbyists use to weaken them. 
  4. Are accountable to the public.

See what the General Assembly is doing about healthcare with our Legislative Scorecared. 


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Report | Health Care

Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

The creation of a new health insurance exchange offers our state the chance to build a better marketplace for health care.  The exchange can help individuals and small businesses by increasing competition and improving choices in the state’s insurance market.  By providing better options and better information, and negotiating on behalf of its enrollees, the exchange can level the playing field for consumers.

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Report | Health Care

Policy Brief #2 - Negotiating for a Better Deal

A well-made state exchange can help deliver lower costs for individuals and small businesses. Just as big businesses negotiate with insurers, using the bargaining power of their employees to push for lower premiums, so too can exchange enrollees benefit from a muscular exchange that negotiates on their behalf for better choices and lower costs.

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Media Hit | Health Care

CT Mirror: Beyond the Budget: Health Exchange Another Major Task for Malloy

The state budget gets most of the public attention, but the Malloy administration has another major project to tackle this year: creating a health insurance marketplace known as the exchange.

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Report | Health Care

Policy Brief #1 - Ensuring Accountability

The opportunity to create an exchange will allow the states to increase competition and improve choices in their insurance markets. However, to fully realize this opportunity, the exchange must be accountable to the public, and the individual and small business consumers who will buy their coverage through it.

The best way for the states to realize these goals is to make decisions about the exchange’s structure and governance to ensure that this important new entity is transparent in its operations, and fundamentally accountable to the public interest.

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News Release | Health Care

Effective State Exchanges Key to Lower Health Costs for Consumers

Policy-makers can address rising health care costs by implementing effective health insurance exchanges, according to the first in a new series of policy briefs released today by ConnPIRG, a consumer advocacy group.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Anthem Approved for Health Rate Hikes As High As 47 Percent

The state's largest insurer has won approval to raise health premiums by as much as 47 percent for policies sold to individual buyers, the largest price hikes seen in Connecticut since the adoption of national health care reform.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Students and Healthcare Reform

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney visited the University of Connecticut’s Student Union Monday for a roundtable discussion with student leaders about health insurance reform. In an election season dominated by the Tea Party and its cries to repeal Obamacare Courtney found a constituency Monday that supports federal health care reform.

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News Release | Health Care

Historic Health Reform Sets U.S. on Path to Lower Costs

Statement by ConnPIRG Health Care Advocate, Larry McNeely, on Final Passage of the Reconciliation Act of 2010

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News Release | Health Care

ConnPIRG Praises Passage of Health Reform

The passage of health reform tonight is a huge step forward for Connecticut. It could not have happened if Representative Larson, Representative Courtney, Representative DeLauro, Representative Himes and Representative Murphy had not put Connecticut interests ahead of powerful Washington lobbies like the health insurance industry.

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News Release | Health Care

Final Health Bill Gets an A- on Costs

The final health reform bill unveiled on Thursday earned an A- from the consumer group ConnPIRG for its cost-containment provisions. "The reforms in this bill are game-changers which significantly increase America's ability to rein in skyrocketing health care costs.  Passing this bill will mean more affordable coverage for families, lower costs for business, and significantly reduced federal deficits,” said Jenn Hatch, an Associate at ConnPIRG.

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