Other concerns included ensuring that, to avoid past SIM problems, consultants assigned to workgroups should not steer decision-making but should be there to support the workgroups of CT stakeholders. Groups should also solicit a lot of outside input, accessing the wisdom of CT’s health policy community. A list of possible future policy briefs was shared. SIM agreed to accept suggestions for others.
The health insurance exchange update included an emphasis on training and education to retain current members. Plans to improve the SHOP exchange include a focus on adapting products and lowering prices. There was a great deal of discussion of high prices but little tangible action toward lowering them. This year the exchange will not be engaging consultants to review rates or enhance affordability.