The state’s pending final decision on the closure of Windham labor and delivery marks the first in a series of proposed changes that could significantly impact the future of reproductive health in rural Connecticut.
The proposed decision gives hope to those fighting to keep birthing services in their community. But it’s not final yet.
Health care advocates say the measures will harm access to necessary treatment, particularly for people with disabilities.
The governor will require providers, insurers and others in the health care industry to report their yearly price increases.
The finances of Connecticut’s hospitals remained mostly unchanged in 2018, with slightly more hospitals turning a profit.
State officials likened the free tool to Consumer Reports because it will allow users to compare the quality and cost of medical care at 19 of the state’s health care organizations.
Nine of the 16 health systems in Connecticut ended 2017 in the black, according to a report by the state Office of Health Strategy. Collectively, the systems took in about $14.2 billion in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2017. After expenses, this left about $580 million — a 4 percent total margin.
Connecticut hospitals and health networks have received an estimated $1.2 billion in outpatient facility fees from 2015 through 2017, according to data announced on Tuesday. These fees are collected for a wide-range of services, including oncology, eye surgery, psychotherapy and primary care, provided at off-site facilities run by hospitals and health networks.
A bill designed to help Connecticut officials peer into the black box of drug pricing won final approval from a unanimous state Senate early Wednesday, and will now go to the governor. Proponents of the measure called it a necessary first step toward curbing expensive prescription drug prices.