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STATE SENATOR

Terry Gerratana

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Fighting for Your Health

Senator Gerratana with doctor

As Senate co-chair of the Public Health Committee, I have helped pass three important bills out of committee which will help improve the health of thousands of Connecticut residents:

  • Senate Bill 402, "AN ACT CONCERNING TRUTH IN ADVERTISING BY MEDICAL DOCTORS AND DOCTORS OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE," allows physicians to advertise that they're board certified only if certain conditions are met.

    I've heard complaints from physicians across the state that they are treating patients with horrific complications they received as a result of a cosmetic medical procedure in a spa, a beauty salon, or some other facility where onsite physician supervision doesn't exist. Many of these patients have been led astray thinking they were going to a medical doctor, when in reality they were going to a provider who hasn't received the highest level of training for a particular treatment.

    I'm hoping this bill will provide more transparency for medical consumers to help them make the right decision!
  • Senate Bill 303, "AN ACT CONCERNING OUTPATIENT CLINICS, URGENT CARE CENTERS AND FREESTANDING EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS," protects patients from unexpected costs and fees. It does this by requiring freestanding medical facilities (like major hospitals) to use consistent signage that allows patients to easily differentiate between a freestanding emergency room (ER), an urgent care center, a "walk-in" or "express care" clinic, or other form of outpatient clinic.

    Insurance companies usually have different co-pays for consumers depending on whether you are in an emergency room or some lower level medical clinic, so people need to know exactly what they are in for before they are hit with huge medical co-pays!
  • Senate Bill 172, "AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESS TO TREATMENT FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES," establishes a medication-assisted treatment program in correctional facilities for inmates with opioid addictions.

Each of these bills passed out of committee on unanimous, bipartisan votes, and they now await action on the Senate floor. I'll keep you updated!
 

Hearing From Constituents

Senator Gerratana with Senator Murphy

Earlier this week, I joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy at his listening session at Schoolhouse Apartments in New Britain to hear from seniors, caretakers and medical providers about the impact of rising prescription drug costs on Connecticut residents.