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Connecticut lawmakers discuss legislative proposals surrounding health care access

Hartford neighborhood vaccine clinic
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public
Trinity Health RN Kayla Bennett gives Hartford resident James Watts his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a neighborhood vaccine clinic at the Parker Memorial Community Center, Feb. 22, 2021.

During this legislative session, Connecticut state lawmakers are tackling a number of proposals, including health care reform.

They met Wednesday at the state Capitol to discuss the proposed bills that would make changes to Medicaid and mental health care access for children in Connecticut.

Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney says the stress and anxiety that many consumers experience over rising health care costs while dealing with a preexisting illness is becoming a compounding problem.

“Everyone in Connecticut needs and deserves the confidence that when they need health care, they will be able to receive it in a way that’s not financially crushing,” Looney said.

Sen. Ceci Maher emphasized that mental health issues are taking the biggest toll on children.

“A lot of parents, families and communities think of mental health as being something that is not talked about,” Maher said. “We know that our children now, they talk about it, they’re aware. So if they’re aware and understand the needs that they have, we need to be sure that we are providing the care for them.”

Sen. Matt Lesser says he hopes 2023 is a “banner year” in Connecticut for health care reform.

Emily Caminiti is working with the Connecticut Public newsroom in fall 2022.

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