December 14, 2019

Rep. Phil Miller’s Bill Improving Seniors’ Access to Affordable Health Care Moving Forward

State Representative Phil Miller (Essex, Chester, Deep River and Haddam) is pleased that legislation he has sponsored to improve access to healthcare and lower costs for Connecticut’s seniors is moving forward at the legislature.

“This is a win for everyone—seniors and taxpayers,” said Miller. “This gives seniors an option, if they choose, to purchase a Medicare Supplement Plan. Not only will it reduce their out of pocket expenses, but it will lower costs for the state too.”

Miller’s bill (HB 5429) simply modifies state law to permit seniors who are qualified Medicare beneficiaries to access supplemental health insurance and reduce their out of pocket expenses. The state’s non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis has confirmed a potential cost savings for the state, if the bill is passed.

Miller, the newest member of the state legislature’s Human Services Committee, noted that the committee unanimously passed his bill and that he was optimistic that it would be passed by the full legislature.

The bill, supported by AARP, will make its way to the state house floor for a vote in the coming weeks.

Miller, a Democrat, was elected on February 22 in a special election to represent the 36th Assembly District of Essex, Chester, Deep River and Haddam.

State Representative Phil Miller is serving his first term representing the 36th Assembly District of Essex, Chester, Deep River and Haddam. He sits on the legislature’s Environment, Human Services, and Public Health Committees.

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