Ethics Statement

  

In accordance with the Connecticut Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees, Governor Rell’s Executive Order NO. 1 and the Mission Statement of the Office of Health Care Access [OHCA], it shall be the responsibility of each employee of the Office of Health Care Access to strive to ensure that the citizens of Connecticut have access to a quality health care delivery system.

This shall be accomplished 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 in an unbiased manner free from outside, undue influences.

Towards that end, each OHCA employee and prospective employee shall review annually, or prior to accepting a position, and, if employed by OHCA, fully comply with the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees and this statement.

To potential OHCA employees, thank you for considering employment with the State of Connecticut. As an employee for the State, you will be bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees. As you consider employment with the State, we would like to give you an introduction to this Code. Before you accept any employment with the State of Connecticut, you must be aware of the Code and should consider any possible conflict of interests. A copy of the Guide to the Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees is attached. The principle provisions of the Code are as follows:

  • GIFTS.  In general, state employees are prohibited from accepting gifts from anyone doing business with, seeking to do business with, or directly regulated by the state employee’s agency or department or from persons known to be a registered lobbyist or lobbyist’s representative.
  • FINANCIAL BENEFIT. A state employee is prohibited from using his/her office for the financial benefit of the individual, certain family members, or that of an associated business.
  • OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT. A state employee may not accept outside employment which will impair his/her independence of judgment as to official state duties or which would induce the disclosure of confidential information. Generally, outside employment is barred if the private employer can benefit from the state employee’s official actions.
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE. Certain state employees are required to file a financial disclosure statement with the State Ethics Commission. This statement will be considered public information.
  • POST-STATE EMPLOYMENT. There may be post-employment restrictions, known as “revolving door” prohibitions. For example, there are restrictions on accepting employment with a party to certain contracts if you were involved in the negotiation or award of the contract; for one year after leaving state service, you may not represent anyone for compensation before your former agency; certain designated individuals in the State’s regulatory agencies may not, for one year after leaving state service, accept employment with any business subject to regulation by their former agency.

Please be advised that this is only a general overview. If you have specific questions about the State Code of Ethics, you should contact Deborah Ennis, the agency’s Ethics Liaison Officer at (860) 418-7060, facsimile (860) 418-7052, TDD (860) 418-7058 or contact the State Ethics Commission directly at (860) 566-4472.  The Office of State Ethics facsimile number is (860) 566-4472 and their website is: http://www.ct.gov/ethics.

It shall be the responsibility of each OHCA employee to bring any circumstances that may be or could lead to a violation of the State Code of Ethics to the attention of Ms. Ennis, the Commissioner or the Office of State Ethics immediately.  Prospective employees shall disclose any such circumstances during an interview or as early as practicable.  In no case shall a prospective employee accept a position with OHCA without making a full disclosure to OHCA and/or the Office of State Ethics of any such possible circumstances. 

 Commissioner's Signature

  

Cristine A.Vogel, Commissioner                   

 

 For further information contact the Office of State Ethics