This Won't Hurt a Bit

Governor Rell rescinds her plan to merge HUSKY and Charter Oaks health plans into one. Not enough providers were signing up.

It was a good idea at the time, but Governor M. Jodi Rell has gone back on the idea she said would save the state money.  For now, Connecticut's HUSKY and Charter Oak health plans for low-income families, will live on their own.

But not enough doctors, hospitals, and other health care personnel signed up for the new plan.  There was also concern patients would not get the care they need.

The Governor's decision for changing her position was applauded Monday by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Health care Advocate Kevin Lembo and Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein. 

 They said providers can either sign up for HUSKY, which deals with uninsured patients 19 years of age and under -- or for Charter Oak, which is set up for uninsured adults -- but they will not have to sign up for both.  They said under the governor's plan to merge the two, the cost was too high and few in health care were signing up to provide services.

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