Legislation enacting Connecticut’s two-year budget includes a “Covered Connecticut” program that expands access to subsidized health care for those with household income of up to 175% of the federal poverty level, or
The cost is expected to be
The state assumes a 50% federal reimbursement and continuation of the American Rescue Plan Act subsidies approved by
The budget provision will make health insurance free for individuals below that threshold by combining Medicaid with expanded subsidies, said Sen.
Legislation also will provide universal access to health care for children up to age 8, regardless of their immigration status.
The result of is that “tens of thousands of people are going to have coverage who wouldn’t,” said Lesser, a
“I wish we had gone bigger but this is an innovative step,” he said. “It’s making the Affordable Care Act truly affordable.”
Senate Republican leader
“Medicaid is by no measure a gold standard in health care,” the
With more people on Medicaid, physicians will compensate for the discounted medical care by charging more for patients in their private practice, driving up costs, Kelly said.
“We’re home to a big chunk of the industry and I get it,” said Lesser, D-
“We commend the governor and
Lesser said small business owners have been left behind by a marketplace that’s in a “state of failure.”
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Markowski said health insurance costs are the “No. 1 concern” for owners and employees. The focus should be “on plans that are affordable, flexible and predictable,” he said.
“Unfortunately, what we’ve seen in predictability are premium increases approved,” Markowski said. “Some are nominal. Some are significant, with 10% or more.”
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