May 8, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:24 pm

CT Healthcare Advocate nets $1.7M in 1Q savings

The state's Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA) says it generated $1.7 million in savings for Connecticut healthcare consumers in the first quarter of 2012.

The savings represents the costs of healthcare services, procedures and claims that would have been borne directly by consumers of healthcare had the agency not intervened.

OHA officials say they received many inquiries from consumers with questions about changes due to federal healthcare reform.

OHA also forced the reopening and withdrawal of improper judgments won by providers and hospitals against consumers for the collection of thousands of dollars in medical bills despite the failure of those providers to comply with proper billing practices under state law.

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