Support Better Health Care for Small Businesses

HB 7267 (and SB 134) would allow the state to use its negotiating power to offer quality, affordable health care plans to small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut. You can help create better options for health care for small business, including nonprofits. Fact sheets and more information about these bills are available on Resource page of the Protect Our Care CT website.

We need support and stories from businesses and nonprofit organizations with 50 or fewer employees. If you run a small business or nonprofit, or know people who do, you can demonstrate support:

  • Pledge your support and get information updates at bit.ly/ctpublicoption

  • Share your story about health care needs of small organizations. Contact Ashley Blount (ashleyb.ccag@gmail.com) or Cindy Dubuque-Gallo (cindy.dubuque@gmail.com).

  • Send the names and contact information for small businesses/organizations who might be interested in this bill to Ashley and Cindy (contact information above). They will follow up.

  • Contact your state senator and representative and let them know why you want them to support this proposed law. Find your senator and representative and contact information here.

Jane McNichol
Contact Appropriations Committee on Health Care

Two important health care issues will be voted on by the Appropriations Committee this month. If your Senator or Representative is on the Appropriations Committee, contact him/her. If not, contact the Co-Chairs, Rep. Toni Walker and Sen. Cathy Osten. Urge legislators to:

  • Preserve Medicaid/HUSKY and the Medicare Savings Program

  • Pass HB 7267 or SB 134, Concerning Public Health Care Options in Connecticut, to establish new insurance options for (1) small businesses and nonprofits and (2) individuals buying on the private market

  • If possible, personalize your message by explaining why health care is important to you.

    Fact Sheet on these two issues here.

BACKGROUND:

  • Medicaid/HUSKY: The Committee is working on a budget proposal that should be voted on by May 3. The Governor did not propose major cuts to HUSKY/Medicaid. But The Governor’s budget relied on revenue proposals that the legislature is unlikely to adopt. The Committee may propose cuts to HUSKY to balance the budget.

    The Governor did propose an asset test for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). 18,000 seniors and people with disabilities could lose access to MSP if the proposed asset test is adopted.

  • Public Insurance Option: HB 7267 and SB 134 (identical bills) have been approved by the Insurance and Real Estate Committee and will be referred to the Appropriations Committee for action in the next two weeks. These bills would provide new, affordable quality health care options for Connecticut, relying on the purchasing power of the state to lower prices. 

    More information on these issues is available on the Resources page of the Protect Our Care CT website..

Jane McNichol