- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers have approved legislation they say will preserve the essential health benefits guaranteed under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The Senate early Tuesday morning voted 34-2 in favor of the legislation, which previously cleared the House of Representatives. It now moves to the governor’s desk.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy had urged the General Assembly to take such action during his State of the State address in February, pointing out Republican efforts in Washington, D.C. to derail the Affordable Care Act.

Connecticut’s legislation requires insurance policies offered in the state to cover the “10 Essential Health Benefits,” which include things like outpatient care, emergency room trips, prenatal and pediatric care, prescription medicine, lab tests, mental health services and substance abuse disorders.

The bill also preserves non-cost contraception for women.

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