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See Also: Law About Living Wills, Law About Medical Malpractice, and Law About Commitment (Voluntary/Involuntary)

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  Connecticut Public Acts and Current Orders

Pathfinders prepared by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:

  • Medical Malpractice (pdf)
    Section 1: Good Faith Certificate
    Section 2: Automatic Ninety-Day Extension of Statute of Limitations
    Section 3: Elements of a Medical Malpractice Action
    Section 4: Defenses

Pamphlets from

OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:

COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Health and Human Services - 2020-R-0110
This report provides brief summaries of the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders concerning health and human services.

COVID-19 Executive Orders Concerning Telehealth - 2020-R-0138
Summarize the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders (EO) concerning telehealth.

Nursing Home Visitor Restrictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic - 2020-R-0140
Summarize the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders (EO) concerning visitor access to nursing


  • Medicaid and Abortion - 2018-R-0260
    This report discusses the extent to which the state pays for abortions in its Medicaid programs. It updates OLR Report 2010-R-0136.

  • Connecticut's Abortion Clinics - 2018-R-0209
    This report answers several questions on the licensing, inspection, services, and procedures of Connecticut’s family planning clinics. It updates OLR Report 2014-R-0026.

Copayments, Coinsurance, Deductibles, Insurance Rates

  • Copayments and Deductibles on Medicaid and Health Insurance Plans - 2015-R-0160
    This report provides information on copayments and deductibles for (1) Medicaid, (2) state employee medical plans, and (3) other private health insurance plans. It also includes general income limits for eligibility for Connecticut's Medicaid-funded health care programs.

  • Process for Health Insurance Rate Increases - 2010-R-0507
    You 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.

  • Setting Rates For An Individual Health Insurance Policy - 2008-R-0127
    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 purposes.

Disabilities and Disability Insurance

Health Insurance Benefits and Coverage

Health Care Facilities, Medical Professionals, Health Care Workers


Living Wills, Health Care Representatives, Right To Die

  • Aid in Dying Legislation in Connecticut - 2019-R-0175
    Summarize Connecticut’s recent “aid in dying” legislation and provide an overview of related testimony.

  • 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 topic.

  • Living Wills and Health Care Representatives - 2008-R-0237
    You asked how Connecticut's living will and health care representative laws compare with other states, especially regarding the situations a living will covers.


  • Issue Brief: Medicaid 101 - 2019-R-0301

  • Issue Brief: Medicaid 101 - 2018-R-0272

  • OLR Backgrounder: Medicaid Eligibility - 2018-R-0203
    This report describes Medicaid income eligibility requirements in Connecticut and discusses recent changes. It updates OLR Report 2015-R-0238.

  • Medicaid Glossary - 2017-R-0053
    This report provides a glossary of acronyms associated with Connecticut’s Medicaid program. The table includes their terms and definitions. It also includes links to relevant information.

  • Medicaid Cost Sharing - 2016-R-0007
    Does Federal law prohibit States from imposing cost sharing requirements on Medicaid recipients?

  • Access to Medicaid Services - 2015- R-0291
    This report summarizes a new federal rule on access
    to Medicaid services (80 FR 67575).

  • Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act - 2015-R-0216
    What changes did the federal Affordable Care Act make to the Medicaid program?

  • 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.

  • 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 coverage.

Medical Records, Personal Health Information

  • Patient Medical Records Access - 2020-R-0069
    This report provides an overview of state laws on patient access to medical records from individual health care providers in a question and answer format.

  • Personal Health Information Disclosure - 2016-R-0050
    Describe the laws that limit the circumstances in which health care providers may release a patient's personal health information.

  • Disclosure of Deceased Person's Medical Records - 2013-R-0124
    You asked (1) whether patient confidentiality rights continue after death and (2) if so, could the legislature change this?

  • OLR Backgrounder: Patient Access to Medical Records - 2012-R-0510 - This report updates OLR Report 2010-R-0339, which 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.)

  • Patient Information Security - 2009-R-0019
    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.

Mental Health and Addiction, Controlled Substances

Prescriptions, Medications, Pharmacy

  • CGS § 38a-518f — Insurance Coverage for Certain Prescription Drugs Removed from a Formulary - 2017-R-0202
    Provide a legislative history of CGS § 38a-518f and answer specific questions about the statute. Additionally, address whether state law requires health insurers and HMOs (i.e., health carriers) to notify enrollees of prescription drug coverage changes, including formulary changes..

  • Questions on Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Formularies - 2017-R-0009
    This report addresses questions relating to pharmacy benefit managers and formularies.

  • Non-Medical Switching of Medications - 2017-R-0008
    You asked several questions about non-medical switching of prescription medication, which are answered below.

  • Health Insurance Coverage for Cancer Pills - 2009-R-0311
    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).

Screening For Health Conditions

State & Federal Assistance Programs


  • Recent Changes to Connecticut's Telehealth Law - 2020-R-0226
    Describe recent changes to Connecticut’s requirements for the delivery of telehealth services, as enacted in PA 20-2, July Special Session (JSS)..

  • COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Health and Human Services - 2020-R-0110
    This report provides brief summaries of the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders concerning
    health and human services. The report includes all related executive orders since the governor’s
    March 10, 2020 declaration of public health and civil preparedness emergencies, through April 9, 2020.

  • Connecticut's Public Health Quarantine Laws - 2020-R-068
    Provide an overview of Connecticut’s public health quarantine laws.

  • Defibrillators - 2018-R-0332
    This report provides an overview of Connecticut law on automatic external defibrillators and describes legislative proposals that did not pass that would require AEDs in additional settings.

  • Connecticut's Family and Medical Leave Act - 2015-R-0308
    This report describes the state's Family and Medical
    Leave Act (CGS Sec. 31-51kk through 31-51qq) for
    private-sector employers.

  • Short-Term Care Insurance - 2015-R-0185
    This report answers several questions about short-term care insurance in Connecticut. The specific questions and answers follow.

  • Affordable Care Act - Questions and Answers - 2013-R-0300
    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 2010-R-0255.

  • Prison Health Care - 2005-R-0214

Pamphlet from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office:

Pamphlets from Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT):

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Library Materials

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 online catalog. It is also recommended that you contact us 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)



  • Sec. 20-7c. Access to medical records. Notification to patient of certain test results. Authority of provider to withhold information.
    (Contains access requirements for health care providers, including maximum cost per page that the provider can charge)

  • Sec. 20-7d. Release of patient's medical records to another provider.

  • Sec. 20-7e. Medical records maintained by agencies.

  • Sec. 20-7f. Unfair billing practices.



(Note that the statutory sections that list the mandatory coverage requirements (e.g. prostate cancer screenings, mammograms, infertility treatments, etc.) for individual health insurance policies can be found in Chapter 700c of the statutes.)


  • Sec. 38a-976. Definitions.

  • Sec. 38a-988. Disclosure limitations and conditions.

  • Sec. 38a-988a. Sale of individually identifiable medical record information prohibited. Written consent re disclosure for marketing purposes. Exceptions. Cause of action for violations.


  • Sec. 46b-84. Parents' obligation for maintenance of minor child. Order for health insurance coverage.

  • Sec. 46b-56. OOrders re custody, care, education, visitation and support of children. Best interests of the child. Access to records of minor child by noncustodial parent. Orders re therapy, counseling and drug or alcohol screening.
    ("A 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-56(g))

  • Sec. 46b-88. National Medical Support Notice. Duties of issuing agency, employer and administrator of group health plan.

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