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Rep. Sampson Debates Special Enrollment Changes to Health Insurance – Opposes Rate Hikes

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CT State Representative Rob Sampson (R-Southington, Wolcott), Ranking Republican Member on the Insurance and Real Estate Committee and Chairman of the legislature’s Conservative Caucus, debated a bill concerning changes to special enrollment for health insurance coverage.

S.B. 206, An Act Authorizing Pregnancy As a Qualifying Event for Special Enrollment Periods for Certain Individuals, would permit pregnant individuals to enroll in health insurance no later than 30 days follow a confirmed pregnancy by a certified physician.

Rep. Sampson questioned the significance of the 30-day rule, and commented on the unintended consequences of the bill. Although the bill is intended to assist pregnant individuals looking for health coverage, he believes that the legislation could inadvertently lead to rate increases across the board, which could ultimately hurt pregnant individuals in need of medical services.