Human Services Committee Weighs Expanding Medicaid Coverage to Young Immigrants

Human Services Committee co-chairs Sen. Matt Lesser and Rep. Jillian Gilchrest. Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

The measure has received an outpouring of support, but the associated expenses are not included in the governor’s proposed budget.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

The legislature’s Human Services Committee received on Tuesday more than 700 pieces of written testimony in support of a bill that would extend Medicaid coverage to otherwise eligible residents up to 25 years old regardless of their immigration status.

The bill, which was raised for a public hearing this week, builds on 2022 legislation that made children of non-citizen immigrants up to 12 years-old eligible for Connecticut’s Medicaid program, known as HUSKY Health. According to the state Department of Social Services more than 2,000 people had enrolled in the program since.

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