Christine Stuart file photo
Gov. M. Jodi Rell (Christine Stuart file photo )

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced this past Friday that five more hospitals have agreed to accept the state-subsidized Charter Oak Health Insurance.

Yale-New Haven Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Saint FrancisCare in Hartford, and the UConn Health Center/John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington are the five new hospitals that have agreed to accept the insurance. The Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven and Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury had previously agreed to accept it.

Lawmakers like Sen. Jonathan Harris, D-West Hartford, have expressed concern about the lack of doctors and hospitals willing to sign up for the new state insurance plan, which will cover uninsured adults in the state regardless of their medical history. On Aug. 4, Rell defended her plan saying that building a network of doctors doesn’t happen overnight.

“We are doing exactly what we have set out to do and that is to build a robust health care network for the much-needed Charter Oak Health Plan,” Rell said in Friday’s press release. “It is gratifying to see these outstanding hospitals become our partners in bringing health care coverage to the thousands who need it.”

Charter Oak enrollees will have three plans to chose from: Aetna Better Health, Americhoice, and Community Health Network.

More information about the doctor networks and hospitals will be released next week at the Medicaid Managed Care Council meeting 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20.