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Capitol Dispatch: Create a Healthcare Working Group?

A proposed group would study and make recommendations for funding to strengthen community health programs under Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care act.

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, the Public Health Committee is considering creating working group to address certain aspects of the Act.

State Rep. Vicki Nardello, a Democrat representing Bethany, Cheshire and Prospect in the 46th House District, sits on the committee and will consider HB 5527.  

The proposed legislation would create a working group comprised of Commissioner of Public Health, the president of the Connecticut Public Health Association, and representatives of hospitals, health care providers, community health centers and local health departments to study and make recommendations for funding to strengthen community health programs under Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care act. 

The working group would have until Jan. 1, 2013 to present findings.

“Connecticut ahs the fourth highest per capita healthcare spending in the country,” Katherine Lewis, Advocacy Committee Co-chair and President-elect of the Connecticut Public Health Association, said in testimony before the Health Committee. Because of that, Lewis said the proposal to form a working group is “prudent and timely.”

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