By Frances G. Padilla

As Health Equity Week in Connecticut comes to a close, I want to reflect on how the experience of the past year should strengthen our resolve to work for justice. Justice is within reach if we are willing to disrupt the status quo to achieve it. The American Public Health Association offers six key principles for advancing health equity. I believe these principles can help set a path toward justice.

We have to be explicit about the populations we’re talking about.

Black and Brown people. In CT, this means naming African Americans, Latin people from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Indigenous people, Asian Americans and Pacific…


By Frances G. Padilla

This text was originally given as testimony on Connecticut House Bill 6662: An Act Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis and Establishing the Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health

At Universal Health Care Foundation, we envision health care that takes excellent care of all of us when we are sick, helps to keep us healthy, and does not threaten our financial security. …


By Jill Zorn

What does the American Rescue Plan mean for health care in Connecticut?

After what felt like ages of back and forth, congress has finally passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. It will give much needed relief to Connecticut residents who have struggled to afford health care, and give a huge boost to state revenues to improve vaccine delivery and public health.

Private Insurance: Major Increases in ACA Exchange Subsidies for 2021 and 2022

Subsidies are extended for the first time to people with incomes over 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This makes sure that no marketplace enrollee spends more than 8.5 …


By Lynne Ide

Testimony in Support of Senate Bill 842: An Act Concerning Health Insurance and Health Care in Connecticut

Too many residents in Connecticut lack health coverage they can count on. They have a lot of questions. Will I be taken care of when I get sick at a price I can afford? Will health insurance give me peace of mind or will high deductibles leave me bankrupt if I get sick? Will my loved ones and I be able to get care when and where we need it? These are common questions for too many people. …


By Frances G. Padilla

It is an indisputable fact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the fight for justice. He believed in the power of people to affect change.

In the years since Dr. King’s life, our society has become more atomized and divided than ever. We have so many resources that should foster connection, and yet the privileged remain disconnected from the marginalized. In Connecticut, we are still one of the most segregated states in the country.

How do we come out on the other side of this? What would Dr. King prescribe for this moment?

We can’t speak for Dr. King. He was too much of a visionary- his experience was too full of pain for others…


By Jill Zorn

Late last week elected officials and advocates gathered on the steps of the capitol building in Hartford to announce an effort to make health care in Connecticut more accessible, affordable and equitable by advancing health insurance public option legislation in the 2021 session of the Connecticut General Assembly.

What is a Public Option?

It’s a health insurance choice, based on an existing public program, that is made available for more individuals or employers to purchase.

Current health insurance public programs in Connecticut include HUSKY (Medicaid), subsidized individual insurance sold through Access Health CT, and the state employee health plan. The latter covers…


October 23, 2020

By Jill Zorn

Connecticut’s COVID-19 cases are on the rise and we desperately need a mix of federal response and community cooperation to get us through.

Through the summer, Connecticut was a model for getting the virus under control. But cases and hospitalizations started to creep up in mid-August, and now are rising more steeply.

Right now, COVID is spreading more rapidly in certain cities and towns in the state than in others. A new color-coded map is now put out weekly by the state to show which towns are more at risk, based on the average…


By: Ariella Mendoza Ozuna

A recent survey from the CT Mirror highlighted the disproportionate effect the pandemic is having in the Black and Latino community. The “State of Wellbeing” survey quantifies racial inequalities based on new data during the COVID-19 crisis. There is a saying that goes- “If a tree falls down in the forest, and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound?

Social institutions are failing people of color all over the U.S. However, it seems that these trees are falling, and though there are people around to hear them, they aren’t making a…


By Jackie Nappo

“When there are nine.”

A revolutionary answer to a cliché question: when will there be enough women on the Supreme Court? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg responded, “When there are nine.”

The Universal Health Care Foundation office comprises ten women: eight staff and two interns. All of whom were hired because they are the best person for their job. It makes you wonder what this office, and so many other places, would look like had Justice Ginsburg never set out on her path to make the world a more equitable place.

Justice Ginsburg was a weight bearing column…


By Rosana G. Ferraro

It’s that time of year again — when insurance companies ask for health insurance rate increases for individual and small group plans. While this happens every year, this year is different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is outrageous that health insurance companies are asking for rate increases in the midst of a pandemic. People have been using their health care less this past year, since many are avoiding doctor’s offices and hospitals so they don’t get sick.

In fact, UnitedHealth Group saw it’s most profitable quarter in history in the 2nd quarter, and other health…

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