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October 18, 2021 POWER 25 HEALTHCARE

2021 Power 25 Health Care: Kevin Lembo & Victoria Veltri

Connecticut is known for having activists keen on expanding access to and reducing the costs of health care. Many of them are found within state government, including Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Office of Health Strategy Executive Director Victoria Veltri.

Lembo, the state’s former healthcare advocate and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is in charge of administering public employee health plans and has been on the cutting edge of new payment models with insurers.

He’s also been highly critical of rising healthcare costs and suggested new ways of controlling them.

Most notably Lembo has been at the forefront of advocating for a public health plan that would compete with private insurers. But his efforts have been rebuffed, in part by strong opposition from the state’s powerful health insurance lobby.

Veltri was appointed the first head of the Office of Health Strategy when it debuted in 2018. Under her leadership the office has launched a healthcare quality scorecard and cost estimator tool to help consumers compare the quality and cost of health care in Connecticut; incorporated the first cost caps for hospital and hospital system mergers and acquisitions to contain healthcare price growth; and started development of a healthcare affordability standard in the state.

Victoria Veltri

She is now forming a working group that will study and recommend changes to how the state regulates mergers and acquisitions of Connecticut physician practices.

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