Connecticut Legislators To Push For Public Option

The Connecticut Mirror reports that state legislators will introduce a state-run insurance option, similar to one proposed by Democrats in the Affordable Care Act. The plan, proposed by a working group on small business health care, contains many of the same ideas as a previous proposal, SustiNet, which was introduced last year but faced opposition from business groups and insurers. Under this plan, small businesses could purchase insurance through the government. The working group also recommended changing how some small group insurance rates are set, and adding a basic health care program for low-income residents who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, among other suggestions. Last year, a report from a state board to the General Assembly found that a public option could save Connecticut taxpayers up to $355 million.

Zachary Bernstein