May 24, 2017

Lembo urges public healthcare option in CT

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Comptroller Kevin Lembo

Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo is calling for an expansion of the federal Medicare program providing health care for seniors and a state effort to create a public option.

In letters to Connecticut's U.S. senators, Lembo, who is pursuing a run for governor, is recommending expanding Medicare eligibility to all. He is also asking a bipartisan Connecticut group to explore state-level action to institute a public option in the state's individual healthcare market.

As President Donald J. Trump and Congress move forward with a plan to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, Lembo said prompt action is necessary to ensure that millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands in Connecticut – particularly those with pre-existing conditions – have access to high quality and affordable health care.

In a separate letter to Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who recently convened a bipartisan group to develop an action plan, Lembo said the "increasing instability of Connecticut's health care exchange and federal health care policies demands immediate action. The time has come for a public health insurance option."

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