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Conn. House Democrats Push For Healthcare, Paid Family Leave

The Connecticut Capitol Building in Hartford
Johnathon Henninger
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The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford

Connecticut House Democrats told reporters Wednesday they will prioritize passing legislation that protects residents with pre-existing conditions – if the federal Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Sean Scanlon, state representative from Guilford, said he expects 500,000 Connecticut residents with pre-existing conditions would lose their coverage without a state protection.

“That is a significant portion of our population. That’s our friends, that’s our family members, that’s our loved ones and we can’t let that happen.”

Scanlon hopes the bill will help residents avoid a lapse in health insurance coverage.

Democratic lawmakers also seek to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and implement paid family medical leave.