In spite of the pandemic, CCAG, in coalition with our state and national partners and Connecticut citizens, continues to take action on our issue agenda - including all we can do to protect our health.
Undocumented Immigrants Unable to Access Healthcare Coverage
In Connecticut, undocumented immigrants are unable to access healthcare coverage. They can’t buy into AccessHealth CT, are not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, and private insurance companies are either too expensive or outright reject applications from undocumented individuals.
Our families cannot seek the proper health care we need. With 120,000 estimated undocumented immigrants in our state, this is a massive public health concern, especially in a pandemic. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
CT must pass legislation to expand CT’s HUSKY Health program to all CT residents regardless of immigration status. SEND YOUR LETTER: CT must follow doctor's orders and fund HUSKY health coverage for immigrant children.
As State Sen. Derek Slap and others have pointed out, the legislature has been granting tax breaks to dozens of interest groups. We DO have the money! Health care is a human right, and no child should lose coverage.
Co-sponsored by: Building One Community, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), Connecticut Working Families, CT Immigrants Rights Alliance, CT Students for a Dream, Department of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine, Hartford Deportation Defense / Colectivo de Defensa de Hartford, Medicare for All CT , Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, Uniting for a Safe Inclusive Community - Manchester
Connecticut's Five Families
Health insurance companies are making billions by denying you care.
Five of them sent a letter to Governor Lamont in April, threatening to move jobs out of Connecticut if we passed a Public Option. It worked, and the Public Option was scrapped in the final days of the 2021 session.
CCAG is investigating, and bringing you information you need about the greed and profiteering of these companies.
Our first report, on CEO compensation, showed that those five companies paid their CEOs $137.7 million in the last year. Our second, Games Insurers Play: How Low Will They Go?, explores the tactics and money spent in the 2021 legislative session. It shows that the industry, these Five Families, and dark money groups who don't disclose their donors spent at least $1.3 million lobbying in just six months.
By adding thousands of small businesses, nonprofits and individuals to the state's Partnership Plan, a Public Option would have offered affordable, quality coverage to tens of thousands of people. But it would have impeded the skyrocketing profits of the insurance industry. It's time our lawmakers listened to the people of Connecticut, rather than millionaire insurance executives.