July 14, 2017

Report: CT's Medicaid program a model at controlling costs

Connecticut's Medicaid program has led the nation in controlling costs trends between 2010 and 2014, according to a new analysis by the health policy journal Health Affairs.

During that time period, Connecticut reduced its per-person spending by a greater percentage (5.7 percent) than any other state in the country, said Health Affairs and the state Department of Social Services, which administers the Medicaid program in Connecticut.

Overall, Medicaid tracked lower nationally than both private health insurance and Medicare in the cost trend comparisons, DSS Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby said.

Part of the reason for the achievement, says Bremby, is that Connecticut was the first state in the country to implement early expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Currently, about 217,000 adults without minor children are covered in this portion of Medicaid, he said.

Also, in Jan. 2012, as a result of an early initiative by current the administration, Connecticut HUSKY Health (Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program) entered the final stage of becoming a self-insured, managed fee-for-service program, managing services in partnership with statewide administrative services organizations, he added.

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