An Act to restore affordable Health Connector coverage

The ACA requires people to pay higher premiums and cost-sharing for subsidized coverage than the state’s previous Commonwealth Care program. To address this, the state created the ConnectorCare (“state wrap”) program to make coverage as affordable as it was under Commonwealth Care. In a high cost state like Massachusetts, many low and middle income residents are struggling to make ends meet and will not be able to afford the additional health care costs if the ConnectorCare program is not available. ConnectorCare plays an important role in maintaining Massachusetts’ high rate of health insurance coverage. Without the ConnectorCare program, we risk residents dropping coverage, going without necessary care, falling into debt, and unraveling the gains we have made under the Massachusetts health reform law. 
This bill would simply codify current policy and practice and protect consumers from drastic premium and cost-sharing increases.