By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers have moved closer toward barring certain health insurance policies from limiting or excluding coverage for pre-existing conditions.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 146-0 in favor of legislation that prohibits short-term policies, which provide coverage for six months or less, from containing a pre-existing condition provision.

Current state law already prohibits other individual and group health insurance policies and HMO contracts from imposing such provisions.

Democratic Rep. Sean Scanlon of Guilford says one in four Connecticut residents have a medical condition that existed before their health coverage began.

Scanlon says he hopes the legislation will give Connecticut residents peace of mind they will be protected “regardless of what happens in Washington,” a reference to efforts to scrap the Affordable Care Act.

The bill now awaits Senate action.

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