ACTION ALERT: Speak Up March 1 to Protect Health Care Coverage in State Law

It’s not news that actions in Washington, D.C. to erode the protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have an impact on people in Connecticut.

That’s why the Protect Our Care CT Campaign, advocates and some state legislators are working to make sure Connecticut residents are protected against paying for health plans that won’t give them the care they need.

There is a public hearing on March 1 on House Bill 5210 that requires important types of coverage (called the Essential Health Benefits) to be included in state health plans.

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The 10 Essential Health Benefits protected in the ACA are:

    • Ambulatory patient services
    • Emergency services
    • Hospitalization
    • Maternity and newborn care
    • Mental health and substance use services, including, but not limited to, behavioral health treatment
    • Prescription drugs
    • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
    • Laboratory services
    • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
    • Pediatric services, including, but not limited to, oral and vision care

House Bill 5210 would also require that:

Women, children and adolescents have access to important care without cost-sharing, including:

  • Women get no-cost contraception coverage, and coverage for disease and cancer screenings
  • Children and adolescents get no cost immunization, preventive care and screenings

Speak up on March 1! Share your story of why these health care benefits are important to you and what it would be like to lose them.  Here’s how:

The Insurance & Real Estate Committee of state legislature is holding a public hearing on House Bill 5210 An Act Mandating Insurance Coverage of Essential Health Benefits and expanding Mandated Health Benefits for Women, Children and Adolescents (click here to read the bill) on Thursday, March 1 at noon in Room 2-D of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford.

You can send written comments to the Committee before March 1, testify at the hearing on Thursday, or contact your state senator and representative to tell them that you support the bill (Don’t know who your legislators are? Click here to Find Your Legislators).

Sign-up for the hearing will begin 10:00 a.m. on March 1 in Room 2800 of the LOB.  Please submit 25 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff 10:00 a.m. in Room 2800 of the LOB. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of spoken testimony. 

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to 

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