Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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July 8, 2019

Senator Anwar Releases Statement After Signing of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Support Bill

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State Senator Saud Anwar, right, joins a gathering of political leaders Monday as Governor Ned Lamont signs legislation supporting expansion of health services.

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) issued the following statement after Governor Ned Lamont signed Public Act 19-159, “An Act Concerning Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits.” This legislation will require health insurance carriers to submit annual reports concerning mental health and substance use disorder benefits and expand coverage for key prescription drugs.

“We must support those in our communities who are struggling with mental health and addiction,” said Sen. Anwar. “As a physician, I know it is vital for us to protect and treat mental health just as much as we do physical health. With this legislation in place, we will ensure those who need assistance have fewer roadblocks preventing them from receiving the care they need and deserve. This will directly benefit health for all throughout Connecticut.”