Busy Week for Health Care at the Legislature
Progress was made on Protect Our Care CT priorities at the Legislature last week:
The Appropriations Committee reported out a budget proposal that preserved Medicaid/HUSKY funding, including rejecting the proposed asset test for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). The budget will now be negotiated with the Governor.
The bills to create new health insurance choices for small businesses, nonprofits and individuals, a CT public option (HB 7267 and SB 134), was passed by the Appropriations Committee and is now going to the House or Senate for action.
Health advocates held a successful Health Care Action Day. Around 100 activists, including women’s health advocates, met their legislators and convened outside the Governor’s office to tell policymakers that it is time to act on health care. See picture below with legislative health care leaders Rep. Sean Scanlon and Sen. Matt Lesser.
The bill to reduce prescription drug costs (HB 7174) awaits action by the House of Representatives.
The action now moves to the House and the Senate - and to the Governor. The legislative session ends on June 5.