The governor’s Charter Oak health care plan (remember that?) turned a year old last week, and the governor has been touting the plan’s enrollment. In a release, Rell’s office said that over 10,000 people had already enrolled, with another 5,000 set to become part of the program. The plan provides coverage to anyone who applies, even people with pre-existing conditions, as long as the person has had no health insurance for six months.
So is this a success story? Is Charter Oak a model for what a quasi-public option could look like at the federal level?
Christine Stuart gathered some statistics for her story, including the following:
Community Health Network of CT (CHNCT) reports paying claims for 3,707 inpatient services, 16,392 outpatient services, 15,318 medical/office services and 28,921 other (lab, durable medical equipment, home care, etc.) over the past year.
Aetna Better Health reports a medical expenses breakdown of about 31% for hospital outpatient; 27% for hospital inpatient; including chemotherapy and dialysis; 27% for physician services; and 15% for other practitioner. The plan reports that about 67% of its members have already accessed health care services.
·AmeriChoice by UnitedHealthcare, as an example of access to services, reports paying 182 claims so far for dialysis treatment and other services for one enrollee’s care since January. (Stuart)
The bottom line seems to be that people have enrolled in the program for a reasonable cost, have access to health care, and are receiving that care.
What do you think about Charter Oak so far? Does anyone here use the program, or know someone who uses it? It seems to have flown below the radar for most people in the state.