Featured Article

CT Lawmakers Review $950B Health Care Proposal
Article Audio

1:14 minutes (0.59 MB)
Download this Article
Share this Content

Connecticut lawmakers are reviewing a $950 billion White House health care proposal that aims to cover more of the state’s uninsured and reduce costs for consumers by going after insurers. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

White House officials say the plan would make it harder for the state’s insurers to impose big rate hikes. It creates a new Health Insurance Rate Authority to review and rein in increases. Democratic Congressman Joe Courtney says the proposal would bring relief to area school districts that face unaffordable premiums.

“School boards are getting their rate increases for health insurance, in my district the town of Plainfield a 21% increase for health insurance, Pomfret over 30%, the city of Norwich 10%, and these are school districts that have no money.”

Courtney says - in the end - insurers stand to gain from the President’s approach.

"It is part of a plan that is going to give new customers subsidies to buy insurance products. They really should be supportive of these efforts because really, to do nothing and allow this death spiral in term of private health insurance costs is really going to be detrimental to the future of their industry.”

The proposal does not include the public option, a provision insurance industry lobbyists fought against. Lawmakers will have a few days to look over the details before a bipartisan meeting with the President on Thursday.

For WNPR in Washington, I'm Sara Sciammacco, Capitol News Connection.