Feb. 10, 2021
This week, Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown), Senate President Professional Tempore Martin Looney, Consultant Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford), and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo held a digital press convention to unveil well being care reform laws: SB 842, An Act Regarding Well being Insurance coverage And Well being Care In Connecticut.
SB 842 is a complete proposal to make medical health insurance extra reasonably priced for households and small companies and increase protection. It might drive down premiums and deductibles for people buying medical health insurance on AccessHealth CT, the state’s medical health insurance alternate, and create new reasonably priced choices for small companies with 1 to 50 staff, non-profits, and labor unions.
“In the course of a pandemic, Connecticut is dealing with a medical health insurance disaster and the time to ship on reform is now,” stated Sen. Lesser. “Our plan will decrease prices for each single household buying personal medical health insurance, shut the well being fairness hole, and supply small companies with reasonably priced alternate options.”
“Making a public choice would enable our state to supply one other well being care choice for households and small companies,” stated Senator Looney. “At a time when so many are struggling economically, bodily and mentally, we owe it to the individuals of Connecticut to ship extra accessible and extra reasonably priced well being care. Strengthening well being care is a precedence for Senate Democrats and we’ll proceed to push for the general public choice and different measures to enhance entry to high quality, reasonably priced well being care.”
“There’s ongoing well being care emergency in Connecticut,” stated Comptroller Kevin Lembo. “The pandemic has made issues worse however, make no mistake, problems with well being care affordability, entry and fairness have existed for years. Opposite to the speaking factors of our well-funded opposition, a public choice is each good for enterprise and a crucial element of the truthful, and strong, post-pandemic financial system we have to construct in our state. The legislature should hearken to the wants of its small companies, nonprofits and those that need assistance affording well being care they’ll truly use to remain wholesome. If not now, when? It is time to act.”
“Well being care issues to each particular person, household and enterprise on this state and entry to high quality and reasonably priced well being care is actually a matter of life and dying,” stated Rep. Sean Scanlon. “COVID has modified our state eternally and we will not merely ‘return to regular’ in the case of well being care as a result of regular did not work earlier than and it actually will not work now. It is previous time to ship on the promise of decreasing well being care prices for Connecticut and we will begin by passing SB 842.”
In at the moment’s press convention, advocates spoke and pushed for this well being care reform laws. Alan Zinser of Woodbury, who’s a small enterprise proprietor, is in favor of a Public Choice. He mentioned the hardship of negotiation in the case of well being care protection for workers at his enterprise and he advocated the significance of this well being care protection that might simplify acquiring well being care.
Brigeth Rivera, a Hartford residents and advocate for HUSKY4Immigrants mentioned that her household has had restricted entry to well being care. She stated not a single particular person in her household has been capable of receive well being care insurance coverage and has been discriminated in opposition to shopping for protection as a consequence of being undocumented. Rivera is in favor of equal well being care alternative for everybody.
Pareesa Charmini Goodwin, Govt Director of CT Oral Well being Initiative, defined the significance of HUSKY enlargement. All sufferers ought to obtain the identical high quality care together with equal alternative of reasonably priced medical health insurance.
Rob Baril with SEIU, sturdy advocate for reasonably priced well being care, mentioned the necessity for management to assist victims of poverty purchase primary companies which are primary rights of each single particular person in Connecticut.
The invoice is particularly designed to strengthen the Reasonably priced Care Act and tackle the medical health insurance affordability disaster exacerbated by the pandemic. Even earlier than COVID-19 proven a highlight on well being fairness, the uninsured fee for these simply above the poverty degree was already rising in Connecticut.
Eligibility for HUSKY, Connecticut’s Medicaid program, will even be expanded. Subsidies can be supplied to individuals who buy protection on the well being care alternate, a coverage that has labored in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and different states. The invoice will scale back uninsured charges in Connecticut and tackle the affordability of well being care. The invoice would additionally enable immigrants, working individuals with disabilities together with these recovering from COVID-19, and other people with persistent medical circumstances the flexibility to buy reasonably priced protection. It additionally coordinates unemployment insurance coverage and well being protection to make sure that people who lose their jobs don’t expertise gaps in protection.
This press launch was produced by CGA. The views expressed listed here are the writer’s personal.