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Governor Ned Lamont


06/27/2023

Governor Lamont Signs Legislation on Health Care Affordability

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today signed into law legislation he proposed that enacts a series of initiatives focused on reducing health care costs and improving the delivery of care for Connecticut residents.

The legislation, Public Act 23-171, contains a multitrack approach to tackle the ongoing issue of health care affordability. The Lamont administration developed it with input from a diverse group stakeholders.

Governor Lamont said, “The quality of Connecticut’s health care system is among the best in the nation, however rising costs make accessing health coverage a barrier for far too many people. Our administration is focused on addressing the policies and cost drivers that factor into these prices. This is a complex issue that needs to be tackled from multiple angles and we need the involvement of all parties – insurers, hospitals, doctors, employers, and consumers – in this effort to provide real solutions to lower health care costs.

Comptroller Sean Scanlon said, “I commend Governor Lamont for working with stakeholders and lawmakers to bring to fruition several important pieces of legislation focused on healthcare reform. Prescription drug costs are out of control, and Connecticut residents need price relief. While systemic reform of our healthcare and prescription drug system is desperately needed, I’m proud to be working with the governor to provide a drug discount card that will bring real and immediate savings for all Connecticut residents at the pharmacy counter starting this year.”

Dr. Deidre Gifford, executive director of the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy and Governor Lamont’s senior advisor for health and human services, said, “The current healthcare cost growth in Connecticut is unsustainable. When residents are unable to get the care they need, it is unacceptable and not reflective of our state values. This legislation represents a critical step in charting a path toward more affordable healthcare for Connecticut families. The need for this type of reform was underscored by the state’s first healthcare cost growth benchmark report released earlier this year.”

Dr. Manisha Juthani, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, said, “Providing access to safe, affordable and high-quality health care is a right, not a privilege. I applaud all of my colleagues and the several stakeholders who worked tirelessly on this legislation while never losing sight of just how vital affordable healthcare is to the health and wellness needs of the residents of Connecticut.”

Andrea Barton Reeves, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Social Services, said, “I want to thank Governor Lamont for his leadership in advocating for the state’s residents. His vision of access to affordable quality health care is embodied in this legislation. With this law, Connecticut’s residents will not have to choose between refilling their prescriptions or buying groceries. By fostering competition and limiting unnecessary fees, residents will see lower medical costs without losing access to excellent medical care. We at the Department of Social Services will work very hard

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