HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A rally is taking place in Hartford Tuesday in support of Senate Bill 956 that would provide HUSKY health benefits to undocumented workers regardless of immigration status.
The proposed bill would provide HUSKY benefits to anyone eligible, regardless of immigration status. If the bill passes, eligibility would only be based on income level and would not require involving immigration status.
HUSKY is similar to Medicaid, but with more of an emphasis on children. HUSKY B is specifically for those under age 19. HUSKY A can include their parents and caregivers and women who are pregnant. And, HUSKY C is for the elderly and disabled.
There are currently 120,000 undocumented workers in Connecticut, and they contribute $145 million in state and local taxes each year. They help pay for these benefits but are unable to receive them.
SB-956 just passed the Human Services Committee and is headed to the Senate floor. Opponents are trying to get the bill scaled back to only involve HUSKY B, so it would be aimed just at those under 19.
The rally will take place at noon at the State Capitol.