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State May Delay Health Plan Pooling

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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director wants Connecticut’s comptroller to delay plans to open up the state’s health insurance program next month to municipal workers.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, Benjamin Barnes said he’s concerned the state could face financial risks if only small groups of city and town workers are pooled into the state employee and retiree health care system.

Barnes, secretary of the state’s Office of Policy and Management, said he wants the state’s health care actuary to analyze the program more closely to determine what the expected participation will be. Barnes says he still supports the concept.

Lawmakers passed legislation this year allowing municipalities to sign up for the state’s health care plan. Under the bill, nonprofit agencies can participate in 2013.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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