Senator Suzio Applauds Passage of Legislation Enhancing Access to Prenatal Care

June 2, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. – Today State Senator Len Suzio (R-Meriden) cosponsored legislation that would improve access to prenatal health care by allowing uninsured pregnant women to enroll in health insurance.

“I am pleased to report that early this morning we passed legislation that will help safeguard pregnant women and their babies,” saidSen. Suzio. “Pregnant women who don’t have health insurance face huge barriers to care – the financial burden alone can be devastating. Without this essential care, expectant mothers and their babies could face costly future complications and even put their lives at risk.”

Senate Bill 586 would make pregnancy a qualifying life event so that expectant mothers could enroll in health insurance outside of the yearly open enrollment period, instead of being required to wait until their child is born to access insurance. Under the bill, a special enrollment period would be offered within 30 days after the pregnancy is confirmed by a licensed health care provider.

“Currently individuals can’t purchase health insurance outside the yearly Open Enrollment period unless they experience a qualifying life event – for example marriage or the birth of a baby,” said Sen. Suzio. “However, pregnancy is not currently classified as a qualifying life event in Connecticut. This legislation would change this. In the long run I think this will translate into better health outcomes throughout their lives. I was proud to stand with my fellow legislators – sending a message that we will continue to work together to protect the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.”

Senate Bill 586 was passed unanimously out of the Senate and now heads to the House of Representatives for final passage.