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Parents Rally Against Insurance Proposal

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File photo of a doctor. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are being urged by needy parents to oppose Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to eliminate their state-sponsored health insurance coverage.

Malloy’s budget proposal ends coverage for adults who use the HUSKY A insurance program and if their income exceeds 133 percent of the federal poverty level. An estimated 37,500 people would be affected.

The change would take effect Jan. 1. That’s when federal subsidies become available, enabling parents to purchase insurance from the new health care exchange.

At a Capitol rally Wednesday, advocates for the poor and needy parents said many people will still be unable to afford the projected premiums and copayments.

The move is projected to save the state $5.9 million in the first year of the two-year, budget, and $59.5 million in the second.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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