Sen. Hwang: Part of the problem is Lamont’s Insurance Department

September 14, 2023

Connecticut Launches Prescription Discount Program

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Starting next month, residents in Connecticut will be able to utilize a new program that will help some spend significantly less on prescription drugs.

Residents will be able to use a discount card, called ArrayRX, that could save them up to 80% on generic prescription drugs and 20% on branded drugs, state Comptroller Sean Scanlon said Thursday.

Lawmakers who supported the program agreed that more has to be done.

“The cost of medicines is out of control,” said Sen. Saud Anwar, D-South Windsor, co-chair of the legislature’s Public Health Committee and a doctor.

Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield, a ranking member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, said part of the problem is Lamont’s Insurance Department, which last week approved an average premium increase of 9.4% for individual insurance plans sold in Connecticut.

“I was an enthusiastic supporter of creating this prescription drug discount card program,” Hwang said in a statement. “We do, however, have much more work to do in this area if we ever hope to rein in these unsustainable increases.”