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Nutmeg State Panel Promotes Universal Health Bill

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The Connecticut House Insurance and Real Estate Committee has introduced a bill that could expand access to health coverage.

The bill, H.B. 7060, would give tax incentives to small businesses that cover uninsured workers, allow children to remain on their parents’ health plans until the age of 25 and help low-income workers pay their share of the premiums for employer-sponsored coverage.

H.B. 7060 also would create a nonprofit corporation that would shop for health care coverage for uninsured persons, people who have lost coverage due to job changes or early retirement and small employers without health coverage.

To pay for the plan, the bill would impose a 3% provider tax on hospitals, doctors, laboratories and home health care services; a “vanity” sales tax on nonessential cosmetic surgery; and increases in the state cigarette tax. The bill also would set aside funds from tobacco litigation settlements and federal Medicaid reimbursements for health care provided to uninsured children.


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