The Connecticut House of Representatives was alive in debate until 1:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. During this time Legislators voted on two very important pieces of legislation, including House Bill 5210, which mandates expanded insurance coverage for women, children and adolescents. State Representative Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury) supported a Republican-proposed amendment to this bill, but ultimately voted against the legislation when the amendment was rejected 57-90.
This bill requires expanded insurance coverage of health benefits that are already required to be covered under the Affordable Care Act, such as women’s health services, including a 12-month contraception supply, and immunizations for children, adolescents, and adults.
“Our amendment to this bill would have ensured that patients are offered a variety of affordable insurance coverage options,” said Rep. Srinivasan, “so they could choose what is best for them, instead of having requirements forced on them. Healthcare is already expensive; I could not support any new mandates on potentially higher-costing health insurance. Patients deserve options so that they can choose what they can afford and how they want to receive care.”
The bill passed through the House with a vote of 114-32. It now awaits a vote in the Senate.