• Lawmakers to hold forum on reducing high health care costs

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    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers want to explore ways to reduce health care costs, including efforts taken by neighboring Massachusetts.

    The General Assembly's Insurance and Real Estate Committee plans to hold an informational forum on Thursday at the Legislative Office Building.

    They're expected to discuss three major policy concepts, including a possible state-funded reinsurance program, prescription drug importation and the benchmarking of health care costs to a statewide target, similar to a Massachusetts initiative.

    Besides the committee members, the Office of Health Strategy, health care advocates, health insurers, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, and other stakeholders are expected to participate in a series of panel discussions.

    Connecticut lawmakers say they hope the high cost of health care will be addressed in the new regular legislative session, which begins in February.

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