Independent Performance Monitoring in the HUSKY Program: Ensuring Accountability for Scarce State Dollars

Back • Publication Date: April 13th, 2010

Authors: Mary Alice Lee, Ph.D. & Michael Sullivan

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Independent performance monitoring in the HUSKY Program fosters accountability in the Connecticut’s largest health insurance program. Since 1995, the Connecticut General Assembly has appropriated funds for independent performance monitoring in the HUSKY Program as a means of ensuring that tax dollars are spent wisely. Through this monitoring, Connecticut can track enrollment trends and the health care that children and families actually receive, including well-child care, dental care, emergency care, prenatal care, and other services. Without independent tracking and oversight, families in HUSKY A may not get the care they need and no one will know.

Despite the appropriation in the Fiscal Year 2010 and 2011 budgets, the Rell administration has not contracted for independent performance monitoring, in clear violation of the legislature’s intent to fund performance monitoring. The General Assembly should pass Senate Bill 139 which would update and clarify the requirement for independent performance monitoring in statute.