prepared by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:
Pamphlets from CTLawHelp.org:
Living Wills & Advance Directives
Admissions, Waiting Lists, Contracts and Deposits [Nursing Homes]
Room-to-Room (Intra-Facility) Transfers in Nursing Homes
Medicaid May Pay for Nursing Home Care (Title 19)
Transfers/Discharges from a Nursing Home and Your Rights
Bed Reservations (holds) [Nursing homes]
Complaint Procedures [Nursing homes / staff]
OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:
Executive Orders Affecting Health and Human Services -
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
Nursing Home Visitor Restrictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Summarize the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders (EO) concerning
visitor access to nursing
Abortion - 2018-R-0260
This report discusses the extent to which the
state pays for abortions in its Medicaid programs. It updates OLR Report
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
Deductibles, Insurance Rates
Copayments and Deductibles on Medicaid and Health Insurance Plans
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
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
Disabilities and Disability Insurance
Health Insurance Benefits and
Brief: Health Insurance Coverage for Insulin and Diabetes Under PA 20-4
(JSS) - 2020-R-0202
Coverage of Telehealth Services - 2020-R-0212
Connecticut’s requirements for insurance coverage of telehealth
services, as enacted in
PA 20-2, July Special Session (JSS).
for Bariatric Surgery - 2019-R-0273
This report addresses questions
regarding health insurance coverage for bariatric surgery (e.g.,
gastric bypass) to treat obesity. It identifies states that (1) require
commercial health insurance
policies to cover bariatric surgery, (2)
proposed a bariatric surgery insurance coverage mandate in the past five
years and any identified fiscal impact, and (3) require coverage of
bariatric surgery under state Medicaid plans. The report also briefly
summarizes some relevant studies on the cost effectiveness of bariatric
Brief: Living Donor Protection Act - 2019-R-0303
State-Mandated Health Insurance Benefits - 2019-R-0183
lists and briefly summarizes Connecticut’s mandated health insurance benefits
effective as of January 1, 2020. (It updates OLR Report
for Preexisting Conditions - 2018-R-0355
Summarize the current law
regarding coverage for preexisting conditions under a health insurance policy.
Continuity of Care
Requirements for Connecticut Insurance Coverage - 2017-R-0332
Summarize Connecticut’s continuity of care requirements for insurance
coverage and indicate when they were enacted.
Versus Special Enrollment in Access Health CT Plan - 2017-R-0167
May a person age 62 to 65 who experiences a qualifying life event that causes
the person to lose job-based health insurance coverage elect coverage under the
federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) or does the
federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) require the person to obtain individual
coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange (i.e., Access Health CT)?
State-Mandated Health Insurance Benefits - 2016-R-0254
List and briefly describe Connecticut’s mandated health insurance benefits.
(This report updates OLR Report
incorporating laws enacted in 2016.)
See OLR Report
for a list of health care providers and facilities whose services health
insurance policies and HMO contracts must cover under state law.
discussion of when the state must defray the cost of health insurance benefit
mandates under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), see
OLR Report 2015-R-0188.
Illegal Act and
Drug and Alcohol Exclusions in Health Insurance Policies - 2016-R-0138
Explain illegal act and drug and alcohol exclusions in insurance policies in
Connecticut and other states.
Transparency Questions - 2016-R-0116
Health insurance disclosure issues and related questions.
Backgrounder: Health Insurance Provider and Facility Mandates
health insurance provider and facility mandates. This report updates OLR
Insurance Benefit Mandates - 2015-R-0188
When are states required to defray the cost of health insurance benefits
(i.e., benefits required by state law) under the Federal Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act( ACA)?
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.
Health Care Facilities, Medical Professionals, Health Care
Living Wills, Health Care Representatives, Right
Aid in Dying
Legislation in Connecticut - 2019-R-0175
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
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.
Medicaid 101 - 2019-R-0301
Medicaid 101 - 2018-R-0272
Medicaid Eligibility - 2018-R-0203
This report describes Medicaid
income eligibility requirements in Connecticut and discusses recent changes. It
updates OLR Report
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.
Sharing - 2016-R-0007
Does Federal law prohibit States from imposing cost sharing requirements on
Access to Medicaid
Services - 2015- R-0291
This report summarizes a new federal rule on access
to Medicaid services (80 FR 67575).
the Affordable Care Act - 2015-R-0216
What changes did the federal Affordable Care Act make to the Medicaid
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
Medical Records, Personal Health Information
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.
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
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.)
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
Prescriptions, Medications, Pharmacy
CGS § 38a-518f —
Insurance Coverage for Certain Prescription Drugs Removed from a Formulary -
Provide a legislative history of
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
Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Formularies - 2017-R-0009
This report addresses questions relating to pharmacy benefit managers and
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
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
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)..
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
declaration of public health and civil preparedness emergencies,
through April 9, 2020.
Connecticut's Public Health Quarantine Laws
Provide an overview of Connecticut’s public health
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.
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
This report answers several questions about short-term care insurance in
Connecticut. 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
Prison Health Care
from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office:
Pamphlets from Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT):
Pamphlet from the Connecticut Office of
Health Care Access (Publications Archive):
from the Connecticut Insurance Department:
from the Connecticut Office of the
Know Your Rights (Managed Care)
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
Access to medical records.
Notification to patient of certain test results. Authority of provider to
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
Sec. 38a-988. Disclosure
limitations and conditions.
Sale of individually identifiable medical record information prohibited.
Written consent re disclosure for marketing purposes. Exceptions. Cause of
action for violations.
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. 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.
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