Connecticut’s all-encompassing healthcare database is moving forward and looking for feedback.
Residents have until Sept. 12 to submit comment on the proposed policies and procedures for the database that will collect information about every person who receives healthcare in Connecticut, including social security number, date of birth, zip code and medical condition, plus the amount paid for all treatments.
Access Health CT, the quasi-public agency charged with implementing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will run the project, known as the All-Payer Claims Database. The agency just hired Tamim Ahmed, who has a doctorate and MBA, to run the database.
Experts have criticized Connecticut’s lack of price transparency in the healthcare market. One report gave the state an F. However, some critics of the database approach fear it will collect too much information, beyond what is needed for consumers to compare prices.
To comment, email Margo Lachowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Comment” in the subject line by Thursday.