The bill addressed the following issues; consumer access to medications; ease of finding and understanding what was covered by the plans offered on the health insurance exchange; and ensuring that no patient population would face higher costs for their medications based solely on their health condition.
As the legislative session progressed, various other proposals were made to address these and similar healthcare issues.
Ultimately, the language that was once Senate Bill 24 was incorporated into and passed within a larger piece of legislation. It now was included and passed as Sections 7 & 8 of Senate Bill 811.
The final result was the passage and enactment into law of the consumer protections we wanted:
What does this mean for consumers?
Sections 7 & 8 of Senate bill 811 (formerly Senate Bill No. 24):
- Makes information easier to find and understand for consumers who need to purchase a health plan.
- Requires insurers to comply with providing non-discriminatory formularies.
- Implements an annual review process by the Department of Insurance to evaluate the health insurance plans being offered.
YourHealthCT was proud to support Senate Bill No. 24 and its goals of consumer protections. We look forward to continuing to work with patients, thought leaders, and policy makers in the coming years to ensure that Connecticut residents have access to the type of health care choices they need and the quality coverage they deserve.
To learn more about Sections 7 & 8 of Senate Bill 811 (formerly Senate Bill No. 24), visit the Connecticut General Assembly website here.