prepared by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:
OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:
2013 and 2014
Legislation Affecting Access to Mental Health Services-
2014-R-0150- What significant legislation was enacted
this year and last year concerning access to mental health services?
Backgrounder: State-Mandated Health Insurance Benefits
This report briefly describes Connecticut’s
mandated health insurance benefits. It updates an earlier report (2012-R-0446)
by incorporating laws enacted in 2013 and 2014. (See OLR Report
a list of health care providers and facilities whose services health
insurance policies must cover under state law.)
Chronic Care in
Medicaid and Public Health-
2014-R-0031-This report addresses several
questions on programs targeting frequent use of the emergency department
(ED) by Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as questions on chronic disease
programs and related legislation. The specific questions and answers follow.
Affordable Care Act - Questions and Answers
This report presents a series of questions
and answers about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(ACA) (P.L. 111-148), as amended.
For a more detailed overview of the
law's private health insurance provisions, see OLR Research Report
Regulation in Connecticut
You asked for a brief summary of how
Connecticut's acute care hospitals are regulated. You also wanted to know
what actions nonprofit acute care hospitals must take to maintain their
501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Disclosure of Deceased Person's Medical Records
You asked (1) whether patient confidentiality rights
continue after death and (2) if so, could the legislature change this?
Patient Access to Medical Records -
2012-R-0510 - This report updates OLR Report
summarizes state laws on patient access to medical records in a question and
answer format. (The terms medical records and health records¯ are used
interchangeably reflecting their usage in statute.)
Right to Die Laws -
2012-R-0477 - You asked about laws or legislation in other states concerning
the right to die. You also asked about Connecticut bills on this
Backgrounder: State-Mandated Health Insurance Benefits
This report lists and briefly describes Connecticut's mandated health
insurance benefits. It updates an earlier report (2011-R-0504)
by incorporating revisions enacted in 2012. (See OLR Report
for a list of health care providers and facilities whose services health
insurance policies must cover under Connecticut law.).
Grouping for Health Insurance Coverage - 2011-R-0363
You asked if Connecticut law permits small employers to group
together solely to secure health insurance coverage. If yes, you want a
legislative history of the law allowing this grouping.
Medicare Part D
- Explanation of State and Federal Assistance For Program Beneficiaries
The following is an explanation of the relationship between the
federal Medicare Part D drug benefit, the Part D Low-Income Subsidy
program, the ConnPACE program, and the Medicare Savings Program in light
of changes the legislature has made in the latter two programs in the
last few years.
Process for Health Insurance Rate Increases - 2010-R-0507You asked (1) how an insurance company gets an approved rate increase
in Connecticut for individual and group health insurance, (2) if there
is a public hearing on such a proposed rate increase, and (3) if either
the healthcare advocate or attorney general plays a role in the process.
State Mandated Health Insurance Benefits
You asked for an update of OLR Research Report
which provides a list of state mandated health insurance benefits.
Health Insurance Coverage for Cancer Pills
You asked if Connecticut law requires health insurance policies to
provide coverage for oral medication to treat cancer and, if not, if a
law could be passed to require such coverage. You provided an article
from The New York Times that discussed the coverage issue as stemming
from the difference in cost between receiving cancer medications
intravenously versus orally in pill form (Insurance Laws as Cancer Care
Comes in a Pill, April 15, 2009).
Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living
Services - 2009-R-0300
You asked (1) if Medicaid coverage is available to someone living in a
private assisted living facility and (2) what the legislature could do
to help seniors who exhaust their own resources remain in these
facilities instead of being forced to move into more restrictive
settings. You have a constituent living in a private Alzheimer's
assisted living facility who can no longer pay for his care and was told
he must transfer to a nursing home in order to receive Medicaid
You asked for information regarding federal and state safeguards
preventing the medical industry from using patients' social security
numbers (SSNs) inappropriately, particularly the security standards, the
penalties for security breaches, and efforts to curb the use of SSNs.
Living Wills and Health Care Representatives
You asked how Connecticut's living will and health care representative
laws compare with other states, especially regarding the situations a
living will covers.
Mandated Providers and Facilities for Health Insurance
You asked for a list of health care
providers and facilities that Connecticut law requires health insurance
policies to cover. In Connecticut, health insurance mandates are contained
in Chapter 700c of the general statutes.
Setting Rates For An Individual Health Insurance Policy
You asked how an insurance company sets
rates for an individual high deductible health plan, a federally tax
qualified plan compatible with a health savings account. Specifically, you
wanted to know if an individual is considered part of a group for rating
Patient Access to Medical Records - 2006-R-0599
Prison Health Care
from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office:
Pamphlet from the Connecticut Insurance
Consumer Toolkit for Navigating Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Care
Through Your Health Insurance Plan
Pamphlets from the Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Person with
Pamphlets from CTElderLaw.org:
Government Benefits (Social Security, Energy Assistance, Food Stamps)
Government Health Care and Benefit Programs Index
(Medicare & Medicaid)
the Connecticut Center for a New Economy:
the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access:
from the Connecticut Insurance Department:
from the Connecticut Office of the
Understanding Your Managed Health Care Plan
Know Your Rights (Managed Care)
from the Connecticut Network for Legal Aid:
the United Way of Connecticut:
The Judicial Branch law libraries hold a number of
items which may be of help to a person researching health care law. The Subject
Headings below are recommended, and can be entered as subject searches using our
It is also recommended that you
for availability of materials.
Medical Care - Law and Legislation
Medical Records - Law and Legislation
Hospitals - Law and Legislation
Connecticut General Statutes
TITLE 17a, CHAPTER 319i, PART III - PATIENTS RIGHTS
(Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities; Also known as
the Patients' Bill of Rights)
TITLE 19a - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
TITLE 20, CHAPTER 369 - HEALING ARTS
medical records. Mandatory notification to patient of certain test results.
access requirements for health care providers, including maximum cost per
page that the provider can charge)
patient's medical records to another provider.
Medical records maintained by agencies.
Unfair billing practices.
TITLE 38a, CHAPTER 698a - HEALTH CARE AND RELATED SERVICE GROUPS
TITLE 38a, CHAPTER 700c - HEALTH INSURANCE
that the statutory sections that list the mandatory coverage requirements (e.g.
prostate cancer screenings,
infertility treatments, etc.) for individual health insurance policies can
be found in Chapter 700c of the statutes.)
TITLE 38a, CHAPTER 705 - CONNECTICUT INSURANCE INFORMATION AND
PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT
TITLE 46b, CHAPTER 815j - DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE, LEGAL
SEPARATION AND ANNULMENT
Sec. 46b-84. Parents'
obligation for maintenance of minor child. Order for health insurance
Sec. 46b-56. Orders re
custody, care - Access to records of minor child by noncustodial parent
not granted custody of a minor child shall not be denied the right of access
to the academic, medical, hospital or other health records of such minor
child, unless otherwise ordered by the court for good cause shown."¯
Sec. 46b-88. National Medical Support
Notice. Duties of issuing agency, employer and administrator of group health
Connecticut Department of Public Health