Gov. Lamont announces expansion of affordable healthcare coverage for state residents

New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Governor Ned Lamont announced Friday that the state is expanding affordable healthcare coverage for Connecticut residents.

It’s part of a new program called Covered CT. The goal is to reduce the number of uninsured state residents.

The Covered CT program will also help people struggling to afford insurance by reducing premiums on the Access Health CT exchange.

“This is a first in the nation program. There is nothing like this in the country,” said State Sen. Matt Lesser. “We are working together, marrying Medicaid, a little bit of state support and the Affordable Care Act to make sure that we have a continuous system where nobody falls through the cracks.”

The program will also cover undocumented children up to the age of 8.

It is estimated some 40,000 people will be eligible for Covered CT when it is fully implemented next year.

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