A Connecticut bill would require companies in the state with more than 100 employees to provide affordable health coverage to their workers. The bill, introduced with the backing of a community coalition, is scheduled for a hearing before the legislature's labor committee March 17. Proponents of the Employee Health Security Act estimated about 66,000 more people would obtain health coverage under the bill. Five of the state's largest companies don't offer health benefits to their workers, and that costs the state's health insurance program for uninsured children and youth more than $20 million annually, said the Connecticut Health Policy Project, which released an issue briefing in conjunction with the proposal. -- by Cinda Becker
Conn. bill would require larger firms to offer insurance
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