WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- The uninsured of Connecticut will have a choice of three insurance carriers in the marketplace. One offers a unique concept, it's non-profit created by doctors with a focus on patient care.
October first is the first day for consumers to shop for affordable health care. On that list, Healthy CT.
"We have all the major systems," said Ken Lalime.
Ken Lalime is the CEO of a health insurance company with an innovative approach.
First, it's a non-profit.
"Which really means to the consumer that if there are profits made moving forward, that those will be funneled back to the system to either reduce premiums or increase quality programs. It doesn't move into shareholders," said Lalime.
What they are doing there is moving the delivery of healthcare into the direction of patient centered care.
It's all about empowering patients and providing more access to primary care physicians.
"Not only during regular business hours but after hours, on weekends, providing access to their medical records, providing expanded manage of care, especially those with complicated medical conditions," said Dr. Russell Munson.
Dr. Russell Munson is the Chief Medical Officer. Healthy CT was created and supported by doctors across the state. The unique focus starts when members sign up.
"We'll work closely with them to try and find one that's going to suit their needs, because really making that connection between the member and primary care physicians is where we'll get the most benefit out of our patient centered medical homes," said Munson.
It's a partnership designed to help stabilize health care costs with an eye to driving it down.
"We're trying to change the system a bit, to have consumers more engaged in that front end of preventive care and move this away from doctors only get paid when they see patients because they're sick to -- how do we make sure people get compensated to keep people well," said Lalime.
Ken Lalime says that doctors who are part of the patient centered medical program will be compensated for their time.
Again, if you are covered by insurance through your company, on Medicare, or Medicaid you will not be affected by what takes effect Tuesday.
It is only for the more than 300,000 'uninsured' in our state.
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