The HUSKY Program: The Impact of the Governor’s FY 2012 Budget Proposal

Back • Publication Date: February 22nd, 2011

Authors: Mary Alice Lee, Ph.D. and Sharon Langer, M.Ed., J.D.

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This brief summarizes the impact of Governor Malloy’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal on the HUSKY health insurance program. Governor Malloy appears to be holding the line on access to coverage and care for children in the HUSKY program. Some programmatic changes will save money and may lead to improved service for children and families in the HUSKY Program. These include the conversion of HUSKY from a manage care to a non-risk model of service, expand smoking cessation services to all adults in Medicaid, and upgrading the computerized Eligibility Management System.

The Governor has proposed saving state dollars by increasing cost-sharing, reducing health benefits, or cutting other services for children and families in the HUSKY Program, including new co-payments on some children and most adults for some services in the Medicaid program, reduced dental services for parents and other adults in Medicaid, reduced coverage for eyeglasses for adults in Medicaid, delayed coverage for medical interpretation services, reduce funding for HUSKY B, less funding for HUSKY Infoline, and the elimination of funding for independent performance monitoring of the HUSKY Program.