Connecticut Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams, a Democrat, introduced a legislative proposal to expand health insurance coverage to more than 140,000 uninsured Connecticut residents in its first year and work toward a Medicare-for-all type program. Preliminary estimates put the cost of the plan at about $450 million, half of which would be reimbursed by the federal government, according to a news release. The proposal includes expanding Medicaid and other state programs and increasing Medicaid reimbursement for doctors, hospitals, dentists and other healthcare providers. The proposal also calls for the formation of a new group to identify an electronic medical-records system that would include all healthcare providers in the state and could be coordinated with neighboring states. In addition, the proposal recommends increasing efforts to collect data on quality and outcomes. -- by Cinda Becker
Conn. lawmaker unveils uninsured plan
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