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Caring Families Coalition, since 1999

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,

 committed citizens can change the world;

indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.

–Margaret Mead

Our Mission: 

The Caring Families Coalition (CFC) is a leading voice for consumers of health care.  CFC is a nonpartisan advocacy organization that unites groups, families, and individuals, and encourages collective action to improve or protect health care.  The Coalition provides members with information, trainings and opportunities to advocate for positive change.

 CFC Promotes:

  • Health benefits for the uninsured
  • Support services for caregivers
  • Access to health care for immigrants
  • Treatment vs. incarceration
  • Lower prescription drug costs and affordable and effective coverage
  • Translation services at hospitals
  • Prevention of high individual insurance premiums
  • Maintaining current community health services

“Our goal is to promote health care services that are affordable,

                        accessible, high quality, and non-discriminatory.”

CFC welcomes new members to build support for quality affordable health care.  Follow Caring Families on facebook and twitter.

For more information about CFC, please contact:

      Eva Csejtey, Eastern Regional Organizer, 860-230-5008, eva.csejtey@ucanct.org

      Sarahi Almonte, Greater Hartford Regional Organizer, 860-524-0502 x 12, sarahi.almonte@ucanct.org

Caring Families Coalition is a nonpartisan advocacy coalition and does not sell health care products or accept money from health care companies.

 

2011

  • Legislation addressing the high costs of towns to provide health care for municipal employees was passed.  Municipalities will be able to pool their employees beginning 2012.
  • A SustiNet Healthcare Cabinet was legislated to coordinate and streamline health care programs, advise the Governor, OHRI and Health Insurance Exchange, promote helath care reform that is cost effective and maintains quality, and develop a plan to offer alternatives to for-profit insurance.
  • The State Administration improved the health insurance rate review process by including the Health Care Advocate along with the Insurance Commissioner to call for public hearings on rate requests over 15% with a total of four public hearings in one year.

2010

  • Health care candidate forums were publicly held to inform the public on candidate perspectives on health care state and federal reform.
  • The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act was passed that would offer affordable health care plans to the uninsured by 2014.  Improvements began for children with pre-existing conditions as well as for adult children under the age of 26 began in September 2010.  Medicare fraud and subsidies for insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage plans address cost savings in Medicare.  Major improvements in medical homes and data collection will make significant cost savings as well as improve communication among specialties in treatment.

2009

  • SustiNet passed into law despite Governor Rell’s veto.  The new law offers new health care coverage choices that would leave no one out, leverage existing resources to slow health costs, focus on prevention, quality care, and improved management of chronic illness.  A SustiNet Board was created to assess ways to implement SustiNet to achieve quality, affordable health care and was composed of 200 volunteer experts across the state to devise a plan within 18 months.

2008

  • Coventry Resolution for Universal Health Care- The Town of Coventry unanimously voted to pass a resolution which supported health care reform in Connecticut  according to the Institute of Medicine’s principles of Universal Health Care:

1-Health Care should be universal.

2-Health Care should be continuous.

3-Health Care coverage should be affordable to individuals and families.

4-Health Care should be affordable and sustainable for society.

5-Health Care should enhance and promote health. (http://www.iom.edu/Object.File/Master/17/738/Checklist-fullsize.pdf)

Over 450 Coventry residents and business owners signed a petition in support of the Resolution & many showed up at the town council chambers in support of the resolution.

  • Windham Resolution for Universal Health Care – The Town of Windham unanimously voted to pass a resolution which supports Universal Health Care and the healthcare4every1 campaign. They were convinced by the 40 community members who showed up to both Rally in front of Windham Town Hall and speak at the Board of Selectman meeting on behalf of the resolution. In addition, 600 people from Windham signed a petition in support of Universal Health Care. This great success was achieved with the immense community support and passion for healthcare4every1.

2007

  • Transportation to Health Care Providers–This eastern CT priority was chosen because of the lack of transportation and lack of health care providers in eastern CT. We presented the issue to 15 legislators through the accountability sessions we held and followed up with letters, calls and a meeting with the staff of Senate President Donald Williams. The result of our efforts is $500,000 in grant that will be available to community health centers in high need areas like Willimantic and Danielson to coordinate transportation for those who need it!
  • Reimbursement Rates & HUSKY Eligibility Increases! CFC’s accountability sessions with legislators highlighted the need to increase reimbursement rates and increase eligibility for state programs like HUSKY. The efforts of CFC members making calls and providing testimony combined with the work of our Healthcare4every1 allies made these healthcare improvements a reality.

2005

  • Removed discriminatory sentencing in CT’s Crack & Powder Cocaine Law. Previously, only .5 grams of crack cocaine led to mandatory sentencing while it took 28 grams of powder cocaine. This law led to longer and more frequent prison sentences for members of the Black and Latino community. CFC’s Create Change project succeeded in drafting and passing legislation that ends this kind of discriminatory sentencing.
  • Protected Seniors from Medicare Part D Wraparound. In June 2005 CT’s Legislature passed a bill to “wrap” Connecticut’s ConnPACE program, a state administered prescription drug program and CT’s Medicaid prescription drug benefit for people who are dually eligbile for Medicare and Medicaid around the new Medicare Part D program. The wrap around would have left seniors who are dually eligible and ConnPACE members worse off than they were before Medicare Part D. CFC and its member group, United Seniors in Action, forced a Special Session of the legislature to fix the problems with the wrap around. This legislation will save Connecticut’s poorest seniors over $50,000,000 per year.
  • Expansion of Access to Recovery Program to treat Cocaine Addiction. CFC’s Create Change project met with staff from Governor Rell’s office in April 2005 to protest the fact that the State would not pay for treatment for cocaine addiction. The meeting resulted in forcing the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to remedy the situation. DMHAS has agreed to expand its Access to Recovery program to provide clinical, recovery support and housing to cocaine addicted individuals.

2004

  • Restored Health Benefits. The budget compromise of June 2003 slashed health care benefits. In 2004, CFC succeeded in restoring health care benefits for many low-income groups . Specifically: removing the asset and estate recovery provisions that had been put in the ConnPACE program to allow tens of thousands more low-income seniors the ability to enroll; restored state health care benefits to low income adults without children and low income families who had lost health care coverage under the state’s SAGA and HUSKY programs; and increased the amount of dollars available for home care in CT.

2003

  • Maintain and Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Programs in North Hartford. When St. Francis Hospital sold its substance abuse treatment programs to Hartford Hospital, residents of North Hartford would have been forced to go to the south end of the city to continue treatment. Create Change, a CFC member group, successfully organized a campaign that resulted in an agreement with Hartford Hospital not only to maintain the services in North Hartford but to expand the amount of services offered.