Press release from state Rep. Chris Wright, a 77th District Democrat:
REP. WRIGHT SAYS HOUSE OVERRIDES OF HEALTH CARE VETOES SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES STRUGGLING TO MEET HEALTH CARE COSTS
State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol) voted Monday to override the Governor’s veto of landmark health care reform legislation- the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership and Sustinet Bills.
“The vote in the House to override both bills sends a strong message that we care and are working to fix a broken health care system,” Rep. Wright said. “It’s important that we give struggling Bristol families and small businesses real hope for relief.”
The Connecticut Healthcare Partnership legislation will allow municipalities, small businesses and non-profits to voluntarily join a self-insured state employee health plan. It would create a large pool of insured lives with increased bargaining power and lower costs, and through self-insurance would save the state an estimated $70 million upon implementation. It is estimated the state would realize ongoing savings of $10-$20 million annually from self-insuring the state plan.
The SustiNet Plan provides a framework for health care reform based on the recommendations of a voluntary board of directors and advisory committees. The board will produce recommendations on how to make the SustiNet plan available to state employees, municipal, non-profit and small employers, other employers, individuals and eventually the beneficiaries of Connecticut’s public health benefit plans (HUSKY Plan Parts A and B). The plan emphasizes evidence-based medicine, prevention, the medical home model of care, and controlling costs through system reforms such as electronic medical records.
Rep. Wright said he was disappointed that the Senate failed to override the Governor’s veto of the Healthcare Partnership bill, but welcomed the Senate joining the House in overriding the Sustinet Plan veto.
“It’s unfortunate that Republicans in both chambers failed to support healthcare reform,” Rep. Wright said. “The fight for healthcare reform deserves bi-partisan support.”
Rep. Wright serves on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Housing and Insurance Committees.
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