A new report highlights CT’s disappointing performance in reducing pre-term births and ensuring our state’s newest citizens have a healthy start. Almost one in ten (9.4%) CT births happen before 37 weeks, ranking us 31st among states. Hartford County was worst at 10.1%; Litchfield was best at 7.7%. There is wide disparity in pre-term birth rates across race/ethnicity in CT. 12.2% of black births in our state are pre-term compared with 8.6% of whites. CT’s record on preterm births is in contrast to Monday’s report highlighting our state’s enlightened Medicaid policy on access to HepC treatment. CT still has significant room for improvement in health and healthcare.