Chamber of commerce leaders are calling on the legislature to reject the 15 different bills that mandate increased health insurance coverage for various medical conditions.

“We need a moratorium on new health care mandates,” said JoAnne Ryan, president of Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber leaders say the costs imposed on insurance companies will be passed on to businesses, forcing them to increase premiums and co-pays for their employees or drop coverage entirely.

“The addition of mandates will drain their coffers,” Michael Nicastro, president of the Central Conneticut Chambers of Commerce, said at a press conference Tuesday.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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