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Connecticut state employee health plan aims to reduce racial and gender disparities

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State Comptroller Natalie Braswell joined Governor Ned Lamont in releasing a detailed health equity analysis of the state employee health plan.

Braswell said the plan seeks to remove racial and gender barriers in the healthcare system.

“The purpose of gathering the data through this study is to look at where exactly those racial disparities are and to use that data, that information and analysis, to come up with solutions to this problem.”

The data showed that Black and Hispanic employees were likely to receive less emergency room visits as compared to white employees. It also saw discrepancies for those at lower income levels and some urban areas where provider access is limited.

Lamont said the ultimate goal of the plan is to keep residents from all diverse backgrounds safe and out of the hospital.

"Life-saving preventive care needs to be easily accessible for everyone in our state," Lamont said.

Mike Lyle joined WSHU Public Radio in early 2021 as a News Anchor, and was brought on full time to cover Connecticut news. He is an anchor/reporter at New England Public Media, a journalist with the National Press Club, and a weekend/fill-in news anchor at WTIC News/Talk 1080.