Governor puts low-income families at risk of losing health coverage

Long before enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Connecticut invested in the health of its children and their parents by aligning income eligibility for everyone in a family. This policy was based on knowing that when whole families are insured, children’s access to care improves and parents stay healthy for work and family responsibilities. Just last month, Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel Malloy extolled the quality improvements and cost savings realized through innovative changes to the HUSKY program. Some of this progress will be undone if the Connecticut General Assembly goes along with the governor’s April budget proposal to reduce income eligibility for almost 10,000 low-income parents.

CT a leader in Medicaid dental care, but room for improvement

Medicaid’s mandated Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment provision, along with proven innovations in adult programs in forward-looking states like Connecticut, have proven that we can put good oral health within reach of the most vulnerable. The state of dental care in Medicaid is far from perfect, but it has worked for millions and can work for millions more. We should celebrate the program on its 50th birthday and commit to doubling down on dental care.