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Consumer Advisory Board Seeks New Members
The Consumer Advisory Board is looking for consumers and/or advocates to fill three Board vacancies. They are seeking consumers and advocates who are experienced in dealing with health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, mental illness, or drug and alcohol abuse. Candidates should be comfortable sharing views; have good problem-solving skills and be willing to work with others. Most of all, serving as a CAB member provides an opportunity to learn about healthcare in Connecticut, to advocate for change, and to be the voice of the consumer. For more information and to apply visit www.healthreform.ct.gov/jointhecab. The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 10th at 5 p.m.

CMMI Visits Connecticut 
{Steve Cha, CMMI State Innovation Group} Representatives from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which funds the SIM grant, visited Connecticut this month. Connecticut’s SIM was praised for its robust consumer engagement. In addition, Steve Cha, the Director of the State Innovation Group at CMMI (pictured) described the importance of the upcoming Quality Payment Program: “As the national Quality Payment Program is rolled out, it will be critical that SIM payment and care models are aligned in the state of Connecticut in order to help providers make that transition.”


SIM Consumer Advisory Board Holds Behavioral Health Listening Forum 
{Behavioral Health Listening Session} As part of the SIM consumer engagement strategy and in collaboration with the Consumer Advisory Board, a Behavioral Health Listening Forum was held on May 19, 2016. People who use mental health and addiction services, people who provide these services, and interested community members gathered to talk about access, team based care, payment reform and more. Read more here.