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Governor Lamont Statement on the Connecticut Option

Report by Paula Antolini, May 29, 2019, 5:42PM EDT

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement regarding the Connecticut Option proposal announced last week:

“Everyone, including carriers like Cigna, agree that more needs to be done to lower the cost and improve the quality of healthcare for Connecticut consumers. I know this challenge personally as a small business owner, that finding affordable care for employees can feel burdensome.

“I have been leading the conversations with all stakeholders, including the carriers, to forge a Connecticut Option, which unlike a public option would leverage the significant experience that Connecticut’s healthcare sector brings to the table and create a market-based solution that encourages private carriers to sell better quality plans at a lower cost.

“I remain committed to the Connecticut Option but understand that for legislation of this magnitude to be successful, the proposal must leverage the best thinking from all stakeholders, including the carriers. Cigna is a vital piece of Connecticut’s fabric, and I am committed to working collaboratively and constructively with carriers, stakeholders, and advocates, and I encourage other elected officials to respectfully do the same.”

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