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Hwang Sponsors Fairfield Forum On Proposed Insurance Rate Increases

Sen. Tony Hwang
Sen. Tony Hwang Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- State Sen. Tony Hwang is hosting an informational forum on Connecticut’s proposed health insurance and long-term care rate increases on Tuesday in Fairfield.

The forum will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart University’s Schine Auditorium, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield. The event will feature a panel discussion with guest speakers, including insurance and health care policy experts. The public will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Hwang is encouraging ratepayers to speak out about potential double-digit increases in health care insurance rates. Public hearings on the potential hikes will take place in Hartford on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3 and 4.

“Average increases on individual and small group-employer plans in Connecticut could be as high as 28 percent among plans that cover thousands of workers and their families,” Hwang said. “That’s outrageous, that’s unaffordable, and that’s why people need to know how to weigh in.”

Comments can be registered with the state Insurance Department by visiting this link . Hwang has also posted a testimony link at his website and has proposed that Connecticut change the specific definitions of what would disqualify insurers from excessive increases.

Hwang has also called for mandatory state public hearings when proposed health insurance rate increases exceed 10 percent. Democrats and Republicans supported those proposals, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed the legislation. The senator is urging area residents to contact him with their thoughts and concerns about the potential rate hikes at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov.

The Aug. 2 informational forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call 800-842-1421.

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