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    SustiNet SustiNet Presentation Transcript

    • It’s smart. It’s right. It’s time.
    • What is Susti Net ? Susti Net is a proposal for a new state law that will make high quality, affordable health care available to you regardless of pre-existing conditions, job changes, self-employment, divorce or other c hanges in your life .
    • It is a new , smart way to help solve Connecticut’s health care crisis by expanding access and coverage, controlling costs and improving the quality of health care.
    • No one is required to get Susti Net health care coverage . You can choose to keep the insurance plan you have now .
    • But under Susti Net , you can keep the doctors you now have and get comprehensive coverage , including mental and dental benefits .
    • It was created by a team of national experts led by the Urban Institute with input from a diverse group of Connecticut residents.
    • Who is it for?
    • Susti Net is available to any Connecticut resident who needs affordable health care.
    • Susti Net is a public policy proposal for a new state law that will make excellent, affordable health care available to you regardless of pre-existing conditions, job changes, divorce or other c hanges in your life .
    • Any Connecticut resident who needs it can enroll: People without health coverage, with coverage but can’t afford it, or inadequate coverage through their employers .
    • How does it work?
    • Susti Net has the purchasing power to pay doctors and hospitals properly , and to negotiate more affordable prescription programs.
    • Susti Net’s emphasis on prevention , better management of chronic illnesses and use of electronic medical records all help reduce cost.
    • A public-private partnership will run Susti Net . A board representing patients , physicians , other health providers , small and large businesses , and organized labor will provide oversight and direction of Susti Net .
    • Susti Net is overseen by an independent public-private board that reports to the public.
    • How much does it cost?
    • Without Susti Net , the state government will spend over $3 billion on health care . Health care costs will continue to rise faster than wages , more families and businesses will be unable to afford coverage, and the number of people with poor or insufficient coverage will rise .
    • With Susti Net , which covers everyone , brings spiraling costs under control and saves households and businesses money, the state would spend an additional $950 million on health care in 2014 .
    • For an investment of $950 million , Connecticut can sustain the good health we need to thrive as a people and economically as a state. Connecticut would also benefit from $800 million in new federal funds.
    • How affordable will health care be?
    • On average , Susti Net participants will save $875 or more a year in health care costs .
    • Small businesses will spend less than they do today to cover their workers. Susti Net controls costs and saves businesses money .
    • How does Susti Net improve quality & make health care affordable?
    • It drives down costs by improving how people with chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension or asthma are treated. A one-stop “home” for all medical care assists those with chronic conditions to better manage their health .
    • Coverage encourages preventative screenings and early detection of problems.
    • Public health programs to reduce obesity and promote smoking cessation help prevent chronic illness.
    • Tests and procedures ordered are timely and appropriate to care.
    • Better sharing of information improves quality and reduces costly mistakes.
    • When will Susti Net be available?
    • Who pays for Susti Net ?
    • Why is Susti Net important for Connecticut?
    • Our current health care system is failing too many people . It is on “ life support” and in danger of collapsing.
    • Health insurance premiums are rising faster than wages in our state. SustiNet will decrease premium and co-pay costs . Everyone in the state will benefit from cost-savings .
    • Susti Net will also put Connecticut at the front of the line for federal resources. It has been in development for more than two years and is ready to go .
    • for more information log onto: healthcare 4 every 1 .org
    • 290 Pratt Street Meriden, CT 06450 P (203) 639-0550 F (203) 639-0519 universalhealthct.org