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Amid the coronavirus crisis, Comptroller Kevin Lembo has renewed his push for a public health insurance option in Connecticut — an expansion of the plan he runs for state employees.


Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The bill died last year under pressure from state insurers, but Lembo tells host John Dankosky the need is clear now. He provides a detailed explanation of how it would work, how we’d pay for it, what it might cost, and whether he sees it as a “half-step” toward a Medicare expansion, or Bernie Sanders-style Medicare for All.

John is CT Mirror's Director of Events. A well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, he divides his time between CT Mirror — where he heads up our events program and serves as a multi-platform consultant — and the NPR / PRI program Science Friday. Previously, John was executive editor of the New England News Collaborative and the host of NEXT, a weekly program about New England. He also appeared weekly on The Wheelhouse, WNPR’s news roundtable program. His 25 years in public media also include serving as vice president of news for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, host of WNPR’s Where We Live, and regular fill-in host for the PRI program Science Friday in New York. He was twice recognized by PRNDI as America’s best public radio call-in show.