Briefly: In state children’s health-care program, many recipients forced to switch providers

Connecticut’s HUSKY program, which allows uninsured children to purchase health care at subsidized rates, is losing one of its major providers, Anthem BlueCare, after it failed to submit a bid for this year. Members who were covered by the Anthem program who failed to transfer coverage to one of HUSKY’s three other providers — Aetna, United Healthcare and Community Health Network of CT — were randomly assigned to one of the former two at the end of January, according to the program’s Web site; participants were not assigned to Community Health Network’s plan because it already provides coverage for over half of the program’s 337,000 members. As of last Friday, 69,000 members had yet to switch.

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