HealthyCT, Weitzman Institute work together to improve access to specialty care

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.: HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, has signed a contract with the Weitzman Institute’s Community eConsult Network for electronic consultations (eConsults) with specialists. The partnership is designed to harness technology to improve medical care quality, efficiency and cost by giving primary care physicians (PCPs) direct access to specialists. (Read More)

Three members elected to HealthyCT Board of Directors

(Wallingford) Members of HealthyCT, Connecticut’s non-profit health insurance CO-OP, have elected policyholders from Newtown, North Haven and South Windsor to serve on the company’s Board of Directors. Two are new to the Board; one has previously served. The official results of the health insurance company’s election were certified by an outside vendor and announced today at Nearly 30,000 eligible HealthyCT members who were age 18 or older, and active as of September 30, 2015 were invited to participate in this, the company’s second Board election. The company’s member-led model is unique in Connecticut’s health insurance landscape. The member majority on the Board gives HealthyCT policyholders a direct voice in their health plan and its decisions. “HealthyCT continues to be unique among Connecticut’s health insurance companies in the way we are governed and how we give our members a voice,” said CEO Ken Lalime. “Our company has not only survived but grown during a critical period because of strategic planning. Our Board’s expertise will be equally important in the months ahead.” Members have responded positively to the message, the mission and the opportunity to serve on the Board. HealthyCT’s membership now stands at more than 41,000 and the company saw … Read More

Insurance Startups Fail, But CT Sticks Around (WNPR)

“As Health Insurance Startups Fail, One in Connecticut Sticks Around” (WNPR) Health insurance co-ops are companies that were given federal incentives to compete for business under the Affordable Care Act. Roughly two dozen of them set up shop across the country. Now, only half are still in business, and one of them is in Connecticut. (Read More)

Amid major consolidation, small insurers look for edge

Amid major consolidation, small insurers look for an edge (Hartford Business Journal) “As the big boys join forces, Connecticut’s smaller, local and regional insurers say they are confident they will still be able to compete and they’re touting their recent growth as evidence of customer demand for their products and services. They’re also flaunting their customer-centric focus, attention to detail and not-for-profit business models as ways they can differentiate themselves.” (Read More)