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File No. 609

    January Session, 2017

Senate Bill No. 444

Senate, April 13, 2017

The Committee on Public Health reported through SEN. GERRATANA of the 6th Dist. and SEN. SOMERS of the 18th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE HEALTH CARE CABINET TO RECOMMEND METHODS TO STUDY AND REPORT ON TOTAL STATE-WIDE HEALTH CARE SPENDING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 19a-725 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(c) The Health Care Cabinet shall advise the Governor regarding the development of an integrated health care system for Connecticut and shall:

(1) Evaluate the means of ensuring an adequate health care workforce in the state;

(2) Jointly evaluate, with the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange, the feasibility of implementing a basic health program option as set forth in Section 1331 of the Affordable Care Act;

(3) Identify short and long-range opportunities, issues and gaps created by the enactment of federal health care reform;

(4) Review the effectiveness of delivery system reforms and other efforts to control health care costs, including, but not limited to, reforms and efforts implemented by state agencies; and

(5) Advise the Governor on matters relating to: (A) The design, implementation, actionable objectives and evaluation of state and federal health care policies, priorities and objectives relating to the state's efforts to improve access to health care, [and] (B) the quality of such care and the affordability and sustainability of the state's health care system, and (C) total state-wide health care spending, including methods to collect, analyze and report health care spending data.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2017

19a-725(c)

PH

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the state's Health Care Cabinet to advise the governor on total state-wide health care spending, including methods to collect, analyze, and report health care spending data. There is no fiscal impact as the Health Care Cabinet and the Office of Health Strategy have the necessary expertise to handle the bill's requirements.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Sources:

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

OLR Bill Analysis

SB00444

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE HEALTH CARE CABINET TO RECOMMEND METHODS TO STUDY AND REPORT ON TOTAL STATE-WIDE HEALTH CARE SPENDING.

SUMMARY

This bill requires the state's Health Care Cabinet to advise the governor on total statewide health care spending, including methods to collect, analyze, and report health care spending data. Existing law already requires the cabinet to advise the governor on the:

By law, the cabinet is within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. It advises the governor on the development of an integrated health care system for Connecticut.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

26

Nay

0

(03/24/2017)

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