The mission of the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) is to ensure that the citizens of Connecticut have access to a quality health care delivery system. The Agency will fulfill its mission by advising policy makers of health care issues; informing the public and the industry of statewide and national trends; and designing and directing health care system development.
Ensuring that citizens of Connecticut have access to quality health care is the primary mission of the Office Health Care Access (OHCA). The Agency fulfills its mission by designing and directing health care system development, advising Executive and Legislative Branch policy makers on health care issues, and informing the public and industry of statewide and national trends.
Health care accounts for nearly one-third of the state’s overall budget. OHCA’s research, analysis, regulatory and reporting functions help Connecticut policy makers and industry leaders to monitor the health care delivery system, identify areas of potential need, formulate appropriate solutions, and better coordinate state policy and actions to control cost and increase quality.
OHCA gathers, verifies, analyzes and reports on a wide range of hospital financial data for use by health care policy decision-makers. Information includes hospital expenses and revenues, uncompensated care volumes, Disproportionate Share and other financial data as needed.
OHCA also analyzes and interprets data related to hospital and health care utilization, and communicates regularly with legislators, health care policy makers, the health care industry and the general public. By analyzing this data, OHCA can identify areas needing better coordination or a different configuration of resources and services, and articulate more effective strategies.
OHCA also assists in health system planning while limiting excess system capacity and ensuring accessible health care through administration of the Certificate of Need (CON) program for hospitals and health care facilities. Through consistent application of Certificate of Need protocols, OHCA strives to assure optimal levels of services and their sustained availability. An important aspect of the CON process is the provision for public comment, offering Connecticut residents a voice in directing the development of the state’s health care delivery system.
OHCA adapts to the challenges present in today’s health care delivery system. As a result, the agency is able to meet its objectives to provide quality information, to promote sound health care policy and to support the development of an effective and efficient health care system for Connecticut residents.