Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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January 22, 2020

Sen. Anwar Releases Statement in Support of Governor Lamont’s Executive Order on Health Care Cost Reductions

Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) issued the following statement regarding Governor Ned Lamont’s signing of two executive orders today with the aim of reducing health care costs for Connecticut residents. The first executive order would develop healthcare cost growth benchmarks for 2021 through 2025 with the intent of setting limits based on total health care expenditures, specifically targeting 10 percent total growth over that five-year time period. The second would advise the Department of Social Services to develop a Medicaid cost and quality transparency strategy with the intent of increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

“While Connecticut’s strong health care resources are among the best in the country, I hear far too often from my constituents that health care costs are growing at an untenable rate,” said Sen. Anwar, who is Senate Vice Chair of the Public Health Committee and a ranking member of the Insurance & Real Estate Committee. “I applaud Governor Lamont’s signing these executive orders to restrain future spending hikes. In Massachusetts, a similar model of health care cost growth benchmarks saved that state more than $5 billion since 2013. Additional oversight and strategizing for Medicaid will further help to reduce those costs while improving systems. I look forward to seeing how these new programs will help Connecticut residents in years to come.”