May 8, 2018

Larson Leads Passage of Bill Protecting 10 Essential Health Benefits for Women

Senator Tim Larson (D-East Hartford) last night stood up against attacks on healthcare from Republicans in Washington, DC and led final passage of legislation that protects and expands mandated health benefits for women, children and adolescents in Connecticut.

House Bill 5210 passed the Senate 34-2 and ensures that insurance policies offered in Connecticut must cover the “10 Essential Health Benefits” protected in the federal Affordable Care Act.

These benefits include:

  • outpatient care
  • trips to the emergency room
  • prenatal care and ongoing care for the baby throughout its childhood
  • prescription medicine
  • lab tests
  • mental health services
  • substance use disorder services.

House bill 5210 also preserves women’s access to contraception with no out of pocket cost—even if the Trump administration ever succeeds in killing “Obamacare.”

“Women from across Connecticut who testified in support of this legislation said that for many of them, prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, this kind of life-saving care would not have been accessible and that rolling back the guarantee of access to this kind of care would be devastating to them,” Sen. Larson, co-chair of the Insurance Committee, said. “I am proud to lead passage of this bill and will continue to fight for all the women in my district and across Connecticut.”

The bill, which previously passed the House 114-32, now heads to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s desk for his signature.