Health Reform Efforts Earn CT a C+, Survey Says

Connecticut health care thought leaders have again given the state a C+ grade for health reform, as the state’s GPA dropped slightly  from 2.4 to 2.2. Connecticut’s grade for effort didn’t change from last year – holding steady at a B-/C+ (GPA 2.5) in the annual survey by the Connecticut Health Policy Project, as part of their efforts to increase public awareness of health care issues among state residents. Connecticut continues to earn higher marks for Medicaid and the health insurance exchange, according to the survey. Grades for patient-centered medical homes were down from recent years. Lowest marks went to efforts to address the health care workforce, the only area that received a D grade overall.

Unlike past years, thought leaders gave more C’s across the majority of issue areas, mirroring the overall grade for the first time. A new question assessing the level of trust between stakeholders in Connecticut health policymaking elicited low responses, averaging only 26 out of 100 possible points, with zero to ten being the most common response. Low trust scores were found in every stakeholder group.

The Connecticut Health Policy Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational organization dedicated to improving access to affordable, quality health care for all Connecticut residents.

Sixty-one thought leaders across Connecticut’s health fields and sectors were surveyed online between December 20, 2016 and February 9, 2017. Forty-one (67%) responded. The invitation list was collected from membership of health-related state councils, board and committees, and leadership of health-related organizations.

Respondents represented community organizations, foundations, providers, payers, consumer advocates, labor, media, business people, insurance brokers, and academics. To ensure independent responses, state officials responsible for reform were not surveyed, officials said.