Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6323

Title:

AN ACT MAKING CONFORMING CHANGES TO THE INSURANCE STATUTES PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND ESTABLISHING A STATE HEALTH PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.

Vote Date:

3/23/2011

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Change of Reference to Finance, Revenue and Bonding

PH Date:

2/14/2011

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Insurance and Real Estate Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

Connecticut's insurance statutes must be updated to reflect several consumer protections contained in the federal health reform law that have already gone into effect, including an expansion of coverage for dependents through age 26, prohibitions on pre-existing conditions for children, and prohibitions on unreasonable lifetime coverage limits. Once these statutory changes are made, the state Insurance Department will be able to enforce the new federal law. This bill also sets up a health insurance exchange to offer qualified health plans to small firms and individuals, as provided for under federal health reform.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

See the Insurance and Real Estate Committee's JF Report

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

See the Insurance and Real Estate Committee's JF Report

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

See the Insurance and Real Estate Committee's JF Report

Reported by: Kate Shea

Date: 4/5/2011