Connecticut House passes mental health parity bill
HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut's House of Representatives has unanimously approved legislation ensuring health insurers treat mental health illnesses the same as other illnesses.
Monday's bill, which awaits Senate action, requires insurers to cover mental health and substance disorder treatment at the same level as physical health. The bill also requires insurance companies to submit documentation annually to prove they're complying with the legislation.
Former Democratic Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy appeared at the state Capitol in March, urging Connecticut lawmakers to pass the bill. The mental health advocate called it a "modern day civil rights bill for those with brain illness."
Democratic Rep. Sean Scanlon of Guilford, the bill's proponent, says he's proud of Monday's vote. He noted a 2017 study that showed Connecticut had the worst parity compliance in the nation.
Stories that may interest you
On Wednesday, a window opened; for the next two years, Democrats can expect to hold the White House, the Senate and the House. The question for Murphy no longer is where might he go next but what can he do now.
Connecticut's all-Democratic congressional delegation said they hope Biden's message of unity is the first in many efforts they hope will help heal the country.
Gov. Ned Lamont is positioning lawmakers for a robust debate this year on legalizing and taxing the sale of marijuana for recreational use.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee have been appointed to co-chair a national task force designed to coordinate the response of states to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic