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Connecticut Democrats Put Expanded Health Coverage At The Top Of Their Agenda

The Connecticut Capitol Building in Hartford
Johnathon Henninger

Connecticut Democrats say proposals to expand health care coverage for state residents will be at the top on their agenda for the 2021 legislative session.

Senator Matt Lesser of Middletown is Senate chair of the Insurance Committee. He said Democrats believe they won a mandate in the last election to expand health care.

“From Ellington to Ansonia to Wilton, Democratic candidates talked and talked and talked about the issue of healthcare and public option for Connecticut residents,” Lesser said.

Representative Sean Scanlon is the House chair of the committee. He said their mandate is to make health care accessible and affordable.

“Accessibility and affordability are what the people of Connecticut need now more than ever,” Scanlon said.

Incoming Senate Republican leader Kevin Kelly said Democrats and Republican in Connecticut have worked together on health care. He said they share a common goal to make healthcare more affordable and accessible.

A Democratic proposal for a public health insurance option failed last year after Republicans and others argued that the government should not be involved in the private health care market.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.