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Connecticut Lawmakers Try To Regulate Urgent Care Centers

Connecticut lawmakers are having trouble regulating urgent care centers because they do not know how to define them.

Connecticut Democratic lawmakers put in a provision to license urgent care centers in their proposed budget. They say it is not about generating money in licensing fees, but to regulate a growing industry.

Urgent care centers are hard to define, and can range from a doctor’s office open late for walk-ins to a fully staffed clinic run like an emergency room.

The Malloy Administration supports the licensing requirement, saying it would promote public health and help the Department of Social Services control health care costs.

Anthony Moaton is a former fellow at WSHU.