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Governor Jodi Rell's Charter Oak Health plan is touted as a way to provide health insurance to thousands of Connecticut residents currently uninsured.
It's introduction came during a political season when Democrats were pushing toward a plan to open up the state employee health insurance plan to more residents - Rell eventually vetoed that legislation, and planned to launch her own Charter Oak plan on August first. It would target nearly 20,000 people, currently uninsured, who make too much for the state Husky plan, but don't have private insurance.
But critics said the network of providers wasn't ready, with only a fraction of the hospitals and doctors needed to provide care. Some care providers say it'll be too costly to take on Charter Oak patients - legislative critics worry about the cost to the state.
Today, Where We Live, Mike Starkowski Commissioner of the Department of Social Services will explain the Charter Oak program. We'll hear from State Senator Johnathan Harris, a critic of the plan, and we'll talk about what it means for the state.