State Reps. Christine Conley, D-Groton, andÂ Kate Rotella, D-Stonington, applauded a bill requiring health insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditionsÂ that they co-sponsored and that Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law on July 1.
The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according toÂ a news release.Â
â€œFor the past two years we have watched as Washington works toward the goal of repealing (the Affordable Care Act)Â in its entirety,â€ Conley said in a statement. â€œThis law ensures that people with preexisting medical and chronic conditions have access to the health care they need. It also adds to previous legislation weâ€™ve acted on concerning health care protections.â€
“This important legislation will help protect people with pre-existing conditions and I am proud to have supported this measure,â€ Rotella said in a statement. â€œWhen people are dealing with a devastating illness they should not be worried about insurance coverage.â€
According to the news release, the new law:
â€¢ Prohibits short-term health insurance policies issued on a nonrenewable basis for a term of six months or less from containing a pre-existing condition provision
â€¢ Redefines the term pre-existing condition provision to include pre-existing conditions whether or not medical advice, diagnosis, care or treatment was recommended or received before the coverage effective date
â€¢ Repeals provisions that mandate coverage for breast cancer survivors, rendered unnecessary due to the change in the definition of pre-existing condition provision
“Prior to the Affordable Care Act, if someone had a (pre-existing) or chronic condition, insurance companies could refuse coverage forcing emergency rooms and Medicaid to absorb the costs and resulting in higher prices for everyone,” the release states.