HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday began reviewing questions about mental health care that have come up in the wake of the deadly Newtown school massacre.
Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, shot 20 first-graders and six teachers to death Dec. 14.
Newtown, Conn., is a 49-minute drive from Hartford, Conn., which has traditionally been an unofficial capital of the U.S. insurance industry.
Prosecutors have not yet released details on Lanza’s mental state, but two task forces created by Gov. Daniel P. Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly are looking at mental health services policies as well as gun violence and school safety.
Slightly more than 100 people signed up to testify Tuesday. About 1,200 signed up Monday for a hearing on gun laws.
State lawmakers were told that individuals with private insurance have much more limited access to services than people using government insurance.