Timeline of Legislative and Administrative Reports and Deadlines for 2014

**UPDATED VERSION HERE.**

The 2014 legislative session will be a short one, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be interesting. It’s a gubernatorial election year, and all members of the General Assembly will be up for re-election; both will influence many policy decisions. Questions include, will Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, hit its targets? And will Connecticut submit a successful State Innovation Model (SIM) application?

Our consultant Alison Johnson has pulled together this table of what else we’re paying attention to in 2014.

 

Due Date

Action or Report

December 2013 Draft findings and recommendations from Program Review study on DCF Services to Prepare Youth Aging Out of State Care
Draft findings and recommendations from Program Review study on Hospital Emergency Department Use and Its Impact on the State Medicaid Budget
Possible release of Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission final report(Interim report released in March 2013)
January 1, 2014 DCF must establish and implement a regional behavioral health consultation and care coordination program for pediatricians, providing:

  • timely access to a consultation team that includes a child psychiatrist, social worker and a care coordinator
  • patient care coordination and transitional services for behavioral health care
  • training, education for patient access to behavioral health.   (PA 13-3)
Report from the Department of Insurance on methods to check mental health parity compliance. Insurance Department must also conduct a presentation to the Insurance and Public Health Committees.  (PA 13-3)
Report from the CEO of Access Health CT on plans for AHCT, including:

  • status of implementation and administration of All Payer Claims Database
  • whether to list dental benefits separately on the exchange’s website where a qualified health plan includes dental benefits.   (PA 13-247 – Section 142)
States permitted to create a Basic Health Program for uninsured between 133-200% FPL who would otherwise be eligible to receive premium subsidies in Access Health CT.
Expanded Medicaid coverage for HUSKY D population, use MAGI for Medicaid eligibility determinations, begin coverage for plans purchased via Access Health CT.
February 1 Findings and recommendations from the Task Force To Study The Provision of Behavioral Health Services For Young Adults (especially for youth 16 to 25) due to General Assembly. A request for an extension of this due date is likely.  (PA 13-3)
Insurance and Public Health Committees to hold a joint public hearing on report from the Insurance Department on methods to check mental health parity compliance. (PA 13-3)
Report by DPH, DCF and the existing School Based Health Center Advisory Committee on the provision of behavioral health services by school-based health centers in the state, if DPH receives private or federal funds for this purpose. Due to the Public Health Committee.  (PA 13-287)
Report from new School Nurse Advisory Council on issues relating to school nurses, including the delivery of health care services by school nurses in schools. Due to DPH, SDE and the Education and Public Health Committees.  (PA 13-187)
February 5 Opening day for legislative session and Governor’s budget address.
March 31 First quarterly report by the Board of Access Health CT on health care services provided through AHCT with data relevant to the Basic Health Program. Due to the Public Health, Human Services and Insurance Committees.  (PA 13-74)
April 15 Interim report from DCF on status of implementation plan to meet children’s mental, emotional and behavioral health needs.  (PA 13-178)
May 7 Closing day of legislative session.
June 30 Second quarterly report by the Board of Access Health CT with data relevant to the Basic Health Program. Due to the Public Health, Human Services and Insurance Committees.  (PA 13-74)
For 2014-15school year DMHAS is required to administer, in consultation with the Department of Education, a mental health first aid training program. Participants must include all district safe school climate coordinators and may include teachers, school nurses, counselors, and other school employees at the discretion of each board of education. DMHAS must provide training for individuals appointed to serve as district safe school climate coordinators for the 2014-15 school year.  (PA 13-3)
July 1 Termination of Task Force To Study The Provision of Behavioral Health Services For Young Adults(unless there’s an extension)  (PA 13-3)
August 1 AHCT Analytics is expected to provide historical population level data (≥ 3 years) followed by monthly additions to data in the All Payer Claims Database.
September 30 Task force findings and recommendations on effects of nutrition, psychotropic drugs, etc. on children’s mental, emotional, and behavioral health. Due to DCF and Children’s Committee. Task force then terminates.  (PA 13-178)
Third quarterly report by the Board of Access Health CT with data relevant to the Basic Health Program. Due to the Public Health, Human Services and Insurance Committees.(PA 13-74)
October 1 Final report from DCF on status of implementation plan to meet children’s mental, emotional and behavioral health needs.  (PA 13-178)
Report from Task Force on Childhood Obesity. Report due to Children’s Committee. (PA 13-173)
To extent private funding is available, report from Office of Early Childhood on status of public information and education campaign on children’s mental, emotional, behavioral health issues. Due to the Children’s and Public Health Committees.  (PA 13-178)
December 1 Recommendations from Office of Early Childhood for implementing coordination of home visitation programs for vulnerable families with young children.  (PA 13-178)
December 30 Fourth quarterly report by the Board of Access Health CT on health care services provided through AHCT with data relevant to the Basic Health Program. Due to the Public Health, Human Services and Insurance Committees.  (PA 13-74)

 

 

Deadlines for 2015

 

Due Date

Action or Report

Early 2015 AHCT Analytics expected to provide next level of detail in the All Payer Claims Database, such as:

  • comparative information on cost for common procedures and estimates of individuals’ out-of-pocket costs
  • analytic tools such as groupers and risk adjustment
  • “before” and “after” analysis of effects of public policy changes, public health initiatives and marketplace
  • reports for consumers and tools that support provider selection
  • data extracts for state agencies.
October 1, 2015 Increased federal match for CHIP.
DCF must submit progress reports on status of implementation plan to meet children’s mental, emotional and behavioral health needs, along with any data-driven recommendations to alter or augment implementation.  (PA 13-178)