Human Services Panel Scales Back, Then Passes Proposal to Extend Medicaid to Young Immigrants

State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford

State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest of West Hartford, who chairs the Human Services Committee, called the bill a human rights proposal that would help compensate the providers in Connecticut who were already taking care of the population covered by the expansion.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

A proposal to extend Medicaid coverage to young Connecticut immigrants cleared the Human Services Committee Thursday after it was scaled back during more than two hours of closed-door negotiations.

The bill would expand Connecticut’s Medicaid program, known as HUSKY Health, to the children of non-citizen immigrants until they reach 18 years old, assuming they meet the program’s other eligibility requirements. Currently, the cut-off for coverage of young immigrants is 12, as a result of legislation that passed last year.

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