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Lawmakers send comments to Office of State Ethics over proposed health insurance merger

Senator Michael McLachlan has joined other Republican lawmaker in submitting public comment to the Office of State Ethics.  The lawmakers are explaining why they believe Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade’s participation in the Anthem-Cigna merger is a violation of the State Code of Ethics. 


The Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board accepted public comment as part of their investigation into a petition filed for declaratory ruling by Common Cause Connecticut requesting a formal review of Commissioner Wade’s alleged conflicts. 


Wade is a former Cigna vice president and her husband is currently a Cigna attorney. 


They say the State Code of Ethics prohibits a public official from taking any “official action” if he or she has reason to believe or expect that such action would have a direct financial impact on such official, a spouse, a dependent child or a business with which such official is associated.  


Wade contends she has no conflict of interest that would prevent her from overseeing the proposed merger.

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