Thanks to everyone who worked on moving the Protect Our Care CT priorities in this legislative session. Here's a quick update on what happened on our priority issues:
- Restoring Medicaid/HUSKY cuts: In the budget adopted just hours before the session ended Wednesday night, both the Medicare Savings Program and coverage for HUSKY A parents were restored to 2017 levels. The budget passed unanimously in the Senate and by a vote of 142-8 in the House. The Governor is expected to sign the budget.
- Putting federal health care protections into CT law: HB 5210, which puts into state law protections for Essential Health Benefits and women's health care currently in the Affordable Care Act, passed the House, by a vote of 114-32, and the Senate, by a vote of 34-2. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration.
- Addressing the rising cost of prescription drugs: HB 5384 was amended substantially in the legislative process and ultimately passed unanimously in the House and the Senate. It is an important first step in controlling drug costs. See this CT Mirror article for more details about the final bill. The bill now goes to the Governor.
- Studying new coverage options: HB 5463, which mandated a study of new health care coverage options for people not eligible for Medicaid, passed the House by a vote of 93-55 but was not taken up by the Senate.
We will put out a more comprehensive report on the session later but wanted to get the basics out quickly. Thanks again to everyone who helped make these successes possible!