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Connecticut’s legislative session ended on May 8, 2024 and despite the increasing threats to reproductive rights across the country, we have once again taken strides to bolster access to vital health care services across our state. 

We are extraordinarily grateful to Governor Ned Lamont, Senate and House leadership, and our legislative champions, including the Reproductive Rights Caucus, for their commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health care in Connecticut, highlighted by the allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds in H.B. 5523. Access to reproductive health care is one of the many critical components necessary for building healthier communities across our state. These additional resources in Connecticut will make it possible for more people to obtain the health care they need, from providers they know and trust.

We are also celebrating the additional legislative victories that include: 

Expanding Paid Sick Days for Connecticut Workers (Public Act 24-8

This expansion not only broadens the scope of coverage but also enhances family care flexibility by aligning with our state’s Paid Family Leave law. Additionally, accrual rates have been increased, and reasons for usage now include events like public health emergencies and quarantines, providing invaluable flexibility and protection for employees. 

Extending Access to Telehealth (H.B. 5198)

H.B. 5198 ensures that Connecticut residents can continue to receive health care services conveniently and safely in the manner that many have grown accustomed to. This move recognizes the importance of telehealth in modern health care delivery and ensures continued access for all.

Expanding Protections and Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence (S.B. 222)

Reflecting our commitment to support survivors of sexual violence, S.B. 222 adds victims of sexual assault to Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical Leave law. This crucial step ensures access to paid safe days, offering support and protection to those in need.

We know there’s still more progress to be made and we did not win everything we were fighting for. Our Health Care Provider Protection Bill (H.B 5424), designed to ensure that patients can receive the information and health care they need especially if facing pregnancy complications,  passed out of committee with growing support from legislators but did not get a vote this session. Two bills, H.B 5378 and H.B. 5420, both aimed at expanding fertility care coverage in private and public health insurance so that people have access to the health care they need to build their families, also did not move forward this session. We will be back next year working on these and other priorities to build a more equitable and just Connecticut and advocating to make health care affordable and accessible to all.

Thank you to the many advocates who showed up, spoke out, shared your stories, signed petitions and contacted your legislators — your action made a big difference in advancing our legislative priorities this year! 

Get involved today!

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