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The Insurance and Real Estate Committee heard public testimony on SB 983, “An Act Limiting Anticompetitive Health Care Practices.”

The bill, proposed by Gov. Ned Lamont, would prohibit the use of certain contract terms between hospitals and insurers that supporters say drive up the cost of care for patients (lawmakers considered similar legislation last year). It would also set a cap on out-of-network costs for hospital services.

“The time has come for concrete action on health care affordability,” said Dr. Deidre Gifford, executive director of the Office of Health Strategy, during her testimony.

Several representatives from the hospital industry spoke in opposition to the bill, saying that the restrictions on contract clauses would drive up profits for insurance providers and that the cap on out-of-network rates would make it impossible to manage the “spiraling costs” facing hospitals today.


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Katy GolvalaInvestigative Reporter

Katy Golvala is a member of our three-person investigative team. Originally from New Jersey, Katy earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Mathematics from Williams College and received a master’s degree in Business and Economic Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in August 2021. Her work experience includes roles as a Business Analyst at A.T. Kearney, a Reporter and Researcher at Investment Wires, and a Reporter at Inframation, covering infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean.