2024 Legislative Session

Your expertise, experience, and advocacy are crucial to our work. In the year ahead, we will again focus on priorities identified by experts: YOU. In 2023, over 150 Connecticut residents engaged in our community conversations and identified their top priorities for health equity. Using their feedback, we drafted our 2024 policy agenda:

Health Equity Solutions’ 2024 Policy Agenda

  • Access to Comprehensive Health Care: ensuring access to comprehensive and integrated health care, while eliminating barriers to health needs.  

  • Advocate for Health Care Affordability: promote equitable policies that ensure more affordable pathways to health care

  • Monitor and Support the Implementation of Anti-Racist Policies and Practices: ensure equity-focused policy victories are implemented in a timely fashion and with community input. 

For more information please contact Kally Moquete (she/her) at kmoquete@hesct.org

To download a PDF copy, click here.

Stay Engaged:

"Building an equitable future requires leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, and we make it our mission to weave community experiences into long-lasting change."

Thank you for being an active participant in our collective effort to make an impact on the well-being of our community. For more information please contact Kally Moquete (she/her) at kmoquete@hesct.org

Make Hospital Financial Assistance: Simple  Accessible  Equitable

Contact Kally Moquete (Kmoquete@hesct.org) for more information.

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Learn How to Draft & Submit Testimony
You will learn about the legislative process and how to engage as healthcare advocates in Connecticut. Register to attend one or more of the following sessions: 
 

 

Please note/notas:

The English workshop will be from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, and the Spanish workshop will be from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. We will use the SAME Zoom link for both. Please log in at your choice of time. Thank you!

el taller de Inglés será de 6:00 – 7:00 PM, y el taller de español será de 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Vamos a utilizar el mismo enlace Zoom para ambos. Por favor, inicie sesión en el horario de su elección. Gracias.

For more information please contact Tonya Bradley (tbradley@hesct.org) and Katia Ruesta-Daley (hesintern@hesct.org).

Hospital Financial Assistance 101

What is the Issue? 

Did you know 72% of medical debt stems from short-term treatments, like a single hospital stay? Nonprofit hospitals are required to provide free or discounted care to eligible patients, yet 45% still bill those who qualify for assistance. 

What is Hospital Financial Assistance?  

Hospital financial assistance (sometimes called “charity care”) is free or discounted health services. It is for people who do not have health insurance or cannot afford treatment. 

What are we asking for? 
More accessible financial assistance:
  1. Create a common application for financial assistance that all CT hospitals would accept. 
    • All CT hospitals would use the same application and accept the same documents. 
    • The application would allow applicants to provide multiple documents to prove their income and determine if they qualify for help. 
  2. Make sure people know about financial assistance options: Include a brief notice on all bills in different languages. 
  3. Offer reasonable payment plans to people who are ineligible for help: This is to make sure people can pay for necessities like food and rent and still have money to pay their medical bills. It can also decrease hospital’s “bad debt.” 
Accountability: 
  1. Establish a state monitoring and enforcement entity through the Attorney General’s Office. CT does not enforce hospital financial assistance. Regular enforcement would ensure all hospitals are held to the same standards and that there is a clear course of action when inappropriate billing and collection activities occur. 
Why focus on Hospital Financial Assistance? 

Hospital stays are a leading cause of medical debt. 72% of people with medical debt have debt because of short-term treatments, like one hospital stay or treatment for an accident. Many people with debt are forced to delay or skip needed treatment. Missing treatment can lead to worse overall health. Financial assistance increases the initial use of healthcare services. It also increases the receipt of better care.

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