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State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who announced the initiative in July, said that two contractors have been selected to help implement the network.
The Centers of Excellence will be hospitals and other providers that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to excellence and can demonstrate the best patient outcomes.
“Connecticut is calling the shots on prescription drug costs and quality,” Kevin Lembo said.
The state currently employs 26,073 women, 23,539 men and 97 individuals who did not disclose their gender, according to the comptroller’s office.
According to the site, there are 39,747 retirees who reside in Connecticut and received about $1.53 billion last year; the average pension was $38,212 per year.
“We are putting every bidder on notice that the State of Connecticut is calling the shots on prescription drug costs and quality,” State Comptroller Kevin Lembo declared.
Lembo stated that his forecast represented "an $87.9 million improvement from last month's estimate."
“It is still very early in the fiscal year and so the state should only rely cautiously on these positive early indicators,” Comptroller Kevin Lembo wrote.
Among those voting against the proposal was State Sen. L. Scott Frantz, who said that by revisiting tolls, the governor “has ignored the will of the legislature, and ultimately ignored the will of the Connecticut taxpayer.”
“Ultimately, Connecticut’s overall budget results are largely dependent upon the performance of the national and state economies,” the comptroller said.
The comptroller warned about long-term ramifications of a new federal tax law that he said will disproportionately shift an even greater share of the federal tax burden on high-income states like Connecticut.