Study supports what nonprofit providers have said for more than a decade.

(Hartford, CT) — A Department of Social Services study of Medicaid reimbursement rates in Connecticut released on Friday provides further evidence of what community nonprofits have said for more than a decade: Connecticut’s reimbursement rates for nearly all services are significantly lower than states of similar economic and geographic makeup, and must be increased.

“Nonprofit providers have been making the case for years that the state is underfunding services for some of our most vulnerable citizens. This study provides devastating proof that the Connecticut is spending less than half of what comparable states are spending for behavioral health services, and more than 20 percent below the benchmark for autism services,” Gian-Carl Casa, President & CEO of CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, said.

Casa continued, “Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states in the country, and in 2024, our fiscal health is better than ever. In difficult years, nonprofits faced stagnant funding and budget cuts. That meant cutbacks of services.”

“Adequate funding equals access to care. It is clear that people in need are struggling to get behavioral health, dental and basic medical service. If funded, nonprofits can provide it. Connecticut should be a leader state – let’s show our neighbors how to save, pay off debt and fund essential services. We have the money.”