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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.
Most notably, earlier this year he selected Anthem to administer a self-insured health plan that covers 210,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents as part of a new initiative that gives state officials a seat at the bargaining table when insurance carriers and healthcare providers hash out a complicated set of reimbursement arrangements, to ensure they are directly linked to quality care and efficiency. He’s also been on the forefront of advocating for a public health plan in the state.
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 begun development of a healthcare affordability standard in the state.
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