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Informational forum about proposed health insurance rate hikes

A local lawmaker is hosting an informational forum tonight on Connecticut’s proposed health insurance and long term care rate increases.  State Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, organized a forum featuring a panel discussion with guest speakers including insurance and health care policy experts.  Hwang says the average increases on individual and small group employer plans in Connecticut could be as high as 28 percent among plans that cover thousands of workers and their families. 


Under Connecticut statute, there is no requirement for a public hearing.  Hwang says through his efforts, and those of Danbury state Senator McLachlan the Insurance Department agreed to hold a hearing.  Hwang says another reason he is holding tonight's forum is because the public hearings are inconvenient for many working people. 


Public hearings on the potential double-digit hikes will take place at the Insurance Department on August 3 and 4, but at 9am. 


Tonight's forum is from 7- 8:30 pm at Sacred Heart University’s Schine Auditorium in Fairfield.

Comments can be registered with the state Insurance Department online.

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