Every Child Matters proposal (.pdf from Malloy campaign site)
Press release from Malloy campaign.
Dan Malloy, in what his campaign is calling the "first major policy proposal in the 2006 race for governor," has proposed extending the HUSKY program to all families and making insurance for children under HUSKY more affordable.
The Malloy plan achieves universal access for children under the age of 18 first by expanding on a statewide basis the Every Child Matters HUSKY outreach program that was first launched in Stamford in July 2001. This nationally recognized and award-winning program has successfully enrolled 2,254 HUSKY eligible children in Stamford by simply and effectively tapping into relationships public schools have with students and their families. In addition to the public school outreach, the Malloy plan will expand the scope to include pre-schools, neo-natal, family planning and daycare centers to enroll eligible children even before they reach kindergarten.
Second, the plan calls for a more affordable cost-sharing structure that is far more accessible to lower and middle income families than is currently the case. Malloy's Every Child Matters program works by taking advantage of the economies of scale realized by the HUSKY plan to leverage coverage for every child in the State.
Under the Malloy plan, a family of three making $50,000 would pay $75 per month for coverage for two children. Under the current plan it would cost that same family $442 per month. And the Malloy plan would eliminate co-pays for well-child check-ups or preventative care.
This program is expected to cost up to $35 million, of which the State could apply for and receive federal reimbursement of approximately 38% of the costs. The net cost of the program to the State would be approximately $21.4 million, or about 25% of what the State currently pays for medical care for its incarcerated population. (www.danmalloy.com)
Add this plan to the "Things it's Hard to be Against" file.
I don't have time to give this a thorough once-over, right now, but the cost (if accurate) isn't too terrible and the benefits seem obvious. I'd be interested to hear what people with more knowledge about health care than myself have to say.