House Passes Health Insurance Coverage Measure

April 17, 2019

I am pleased a measure I sponsored to codify in state statute health insurance coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions passed the House of Representatives today.

HB 5521, An Act Expanding Required Health Insurance Coverage for Preexisting Conditions, would strengthen protections for insurance coverage of preexisting conditions in short-term health insurance policies, so that if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, Connecticut residents would retain coverage.

Anyone dealing with healthcare issues can’t afford treatment lapses or not having full access to health care plan options. I am pleased the legislature took a proactive approach to protecting our citizens, as the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act looms. This is a way of bringing peace of mind to so many vulnerable individuals with all types of pre-existing conditions across the state.

This measure would also revise the definition of a preexisting condition so that it does not require a diagnosis by a physician, would only cover those who are fully-insured, and would not cover self-insured individuals.

The bill now moves to the senate to be considered by their members. The 2019 Legislative Session will adjourn June 5.