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  • Medical Malpractice (pdf)
    Section 1: Good Faith Certificate
    Section 2: Automatic Ninety-Day Extension of Statute of Limitations
    Section 3: Elements of a Medical Malpractice Action
    Section 4: Defenses

OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:

  • Defibrillators - 2018-R-0332
    This report provides an overview of Connecticut law on automatic external defibrillators and describes legislative proposals that did not pass that would require AEDs in additional settings.

  • Medicaid and Abortion - 2018-R-0260
    This report discusses the extent to which the state pays for abortions in its Medicaid programs. It updates OLR Report 2010-R-0136.

  • OLR Backgrounder: State-Mandated Health Insurance Benefits - 2018-R-0240
    List and briefly summarize Connecticut’s mandated health insurance benefits. (This report updates OLR Report 2017-R-0274).

  • Health Insurance Breast Ultrasound Law in Connecticut - 2018-R-0250
    Describe Connecticut’s breast ultrasound insurance coverage law, including any cost to the state for providing additional coverage by reducing or eliminating deductibles. Provide examples from other states that have such laws

  • Connecticut's Abortion Clinics - 2018-R-0209
    This report answers several questions on the licensing, inspection, services, and procedures of Connecticut’s family planning clinics. It updates OLR Report 2014-R-0026.

  • OLR Backgrounder: Medicaid Eligibility - 2018-R-0203
    This report describes Medicaid income eligibility requirements in Connecticut and discusses recent changes. It updates OLR Report 2015-R-0238.

  • 2013-2018 Behavioral Health Legislation - 2018-R-165
    Provide a brief summary of behavioral health legislation enacted by the Connecticut General Assembly between 2013 and 2018. For the purposes of this report, “behavioral health” includes mental health and substance use disorders. It updates OLR Report 2016-R-0002.

  • Telehealth and Prescribing Controlled Substances - 2018-R-0128
    This report answers a series of questions on Connecticut’s telehealth law, including recent legislative changes that allow the prescribing of certain controlled substances using telecommunication technology. It updates report OLR 2017-R-0174.

  • Issue Brief: Medicaid 101 - 2018-R-0272

  • Continuity of Care Requirements for Connecticut Insurance Coverage - 2017-R-0332
    Summarize Connecticut’s continuity of care requirements for insurance coverage and indicate when they were enacted.

  • Connecticut Hospital Regulation - 2017-R-0277
    This report briefly summarizes how Connecticut’s acute care hospitals are regulated. It also describes actions nonprofit acute care hospitals must take to maintain their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. It updates OLR Report 2013-R-0266.

  • Community Health Workers - 2017-R-0175
    This report provides a brief description of community health workers and how they are regulated in Connecticut and other states.

  • Connecticut's Limit on Opioid Drug Prescriptions - 2017-R-0189
    This report updates OLR Report 2016-R-0232, which describes Connecticut’s law imposing limits and conditions on the prescription of opioid drugs to adults and minors, including exceptions to the law.

  • CGS § 38a-518f — Insurance Coverage for Certain Prescription Drugs Removed from a Formulary - 2017-R-0202
    Provide a legislative history of CGS § 38a-518f and answer specific questions about the statute. Additionally, address whether state law requires health insurers and HMOs (i.e., health carriers) to notify enrollees of prescription drug coverage changes, including formulary changes..

  • COBRA Coverage Versus Special Enrollment in Access Health CT Plan - 2017-R-0167
    May a person age 62 to 65 who experiences a qualifying life event that causes the person to lose job-based health insurance coverage elect coverage under the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) or does the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) require the person to obtain individual coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange (i.e., Access Health CT)?

  • Nonmedical Exemptions from Childhood Immunization Requirements - 2017-R-0060
    This report provides an overview of laws on nonmedical exemptions to childhood immunization requirements. The report updates OLR Report 2015-R-0088.

  • Medicaid Glossary - 2017-R-0053
    This report provides a glossary of acronyms associated with Connecticut’s Medicaid program. The table includes their terms and definitions. It also includes links to relevant information.

  • Questions on Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Formularies - 2017-R-0009
    This report addresses questions relating to pharmacy benefit managers and formularies.

  • Non-Medical Switching of Medications - 2017-R-0008
    You asked several questions about non-medical switching of prescription medication, which are answered below.

  • OLR Backgrounder: State-Mandated Health Insurance Benefits - 2016-R-0254
    List and briefly describe Connecticut’s mandated health insurance benefits. (This report updates OLR Report 2015-R-0272 by incorporating laws enacted in 2016.)

    See OLR Report 2015-R-0273 for a list of health care providers and facilities whose services health insurance policies and HMO contracts must cover under state law.

    For a discussion of when the state must defray the cost of health insurance benefit mandates under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), see OLR Report 2015-R-0188.

  • Botox Parties - 2016-R-0204
    Does state law allow a physician licensed in another state to administer cosmetic neurotoxins (i.e., botox) in a Connecticut resident’s home?

  • Connecticut's Breast Screening Insurance Coverage Requirement - 2016-R-0201
    Describe Connecticut’s breast screening insurance coverage law and briefly summarize any changes to it.

  • Private Disability Insurance in Connecticut - 2016-R-0144
    Explain disability insurance, including benefit and elimination periods. Describe the major laws and regulations governing disability insurance in Connecticut. Explain how disability insurance in Connecticut differs from workers’ compensation insurance.

  • Illegal Act and Drug and Alcohol Exclusions in Health Insurance Policies - 2016-R-0138
    Explain illegal act and drug and alcohol exclusions in insurance policies in Connecticut and other states.

  • Health Insurance Transparency Questions - 2016-R-0116
    Health insurance disclosure issues and related questions.

  • Husky B and Husky Plus - 2016-R-0089
    Provide an overview of HUSKY B and HUSKY PLUS Physical health coverage.

  • Personal Health Information Disclosure - 2016-R-0050
    Describe the laws that limit the circumstances in which health care providers may release a patient's personal health information.

  • Medicaid Cost Sharing - 2016-R-0007
    Does Federal law prohibit States from imposing cost sharing requirements on Medicaid recipients?

  • Connecticut's Family and Medical Leave Act - 2015-R-0308
    This report describes the state's Family and Medical
    Leave Act (CGS Sec. 31-51kk through 31-51qq) for
    private-sector employers.

  • Access to Medicaid Services - 2015- R-0291
    This report summarizes a new federal rule on access
    to Medicaid services (80 FR 67575).

  • OLR Backgrounder: Health Insurance Provider and Facility Mandates - 2015-R-0273
    Describe Connecticut health insurance provider and facility mandates. This report updates OLR Report 2008-R-0138.

  • Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act - 2015-R-0216
    What changes did the federal Affordable Care Act make to the Medicaid program?

  • Health Care Employee Vaccinations - 2015-R-0224
    Does state law require health care employees to be vaccinated against the flu or other conditions, and have there been recent bills on this topic?.

  • State Statutes on Breast Cancer Screening and Coverage - 2015-R-0210
    This report summarizes Connecticut statutes on (1) health insurance coverage for breast cancer screening and (2) other breast cancer-related programs.

  • Health Insurance Benefit Mandates - 2015-R-0188
    When are states required to defray the cost of health insurance benefits (i.e., benefits required by state law) under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act( ACA)?

  • Short-Term Care Insurance - 2015-R-0185
    This report answers several questions about short-term care insurance in Connecticut. The specific questions and answers follow.

  • Copayments and Deductibles on Medicaid and Health Insurance Plans - 2015-R-0160
    This report provides information on copayments and deductibles for (1) Medicaid, (2) state employee medical plans, and (3) other private health insurance plans. It also includes general income limits for eligibility for Connecticut's Medicaid-funded health care programs.

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - 2015-R-0127
    This report answers a series of questions on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) that address (1) screening and diagnostic methods, (2) its prevalence and associated health care costs in Connecticut, and (3) local and national advocacy organizations.

  • 2013 and 2014 Legislation Affecting Access to Mental Health Services- 2014-R-0150- What significant legislation was enacted this year and last year concerning access to mental health services?

  • Chronic Care in Medicaid and Public Health- 2014-R-0031-This report addresses several questions on programs targeting frequent use of the emergency department (ED) by Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as questions on chronic disease programs and related legislation. The specific questions and answers follow.

  • Affordable Care Act - Questions and Answers - 2013-R-0300
    This report presents a series of questions and answers about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148), as amended.
    For a more detailed overview of the law's private health insurance provisions, see OLR Research Report 2010-R-0255.

  • Disclosure of Deceased Person's Medical Records - 2013-R-0124
    You asked (1) whether patient confidentiality rights continue after death and (2) if so, could the legislature change this?

  • Duty of Mental Health Professionals To Warn Of Potentially Violent Conduct by Patients -2013-R-0089
    You asked us to update OLR report 2010-R-0024 on the duty of mental health professionals to warn of potentially violent conduct by patients.

  • OLR Backgrounder: Patient Access to Medical Records - 2012-R-0510 - This report updates OLR Report 2010-R-0339, which summarizes state laws on patient access to medical records in a question and answer format. (The terms medical records and health records¯ are used interchangeably reflecting their usage in statute.)

  • Right to Die Laws - 2012-R-0477 - You asked about laws or legislation in other states concerning the right to die.  You also asked about Connecticut bills on this topic.

  • Small Employer Grouping for Health Insurance Coverage - 2011-R-0363
    You asked if Connecticut law permits small employers to group together solely to secure health insurance coverage. If yes, you want a legislative history of the law allowing this grouping.

  • Medicare Part D - Explanation of State and Federal Assistance For Program Beneficiaries - 2011-R-0299
    The following is an explanation of the relationship between the federal Medicare Part D drug benefit, the Part D Low-Income Subsidy program, the ConnPACE program, and the Medicare Savings Program in light of changes the legislature has made in the latter two programs in the last few years.

  • Process for Health Insurance Rate Increases - 2010-R-0507
    You asked (1) how an insurance company gets an approved rate increase in Connecticut for individual and group health insurance, (2) if there is a public hearing on such a proposed rate increase, and (3) if either the healthcare advocate or attorney general plays a role in the process.  

  • Health Insurance Coverage for Cancer Pills - 2009-R-0311
    You asked if Connecticut law requires health insurance policies to provide coverage for oral medication to treat cancer and, if not, if a law could be passed to require such coverage. You provided an article from The New York Times that discussed the coverage issue as stemming from the difference in cost between receiving cancer medications intravenously versus orally in pill form (Insurance Laws as Cancer Care Comes in a Pill, April 15, 2009).

  • Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living Services - 2009-R-0300
    You asked (1) if Medicaid coverage is available to someone living in a private assisted living facility and (2) what the legislature could do to help seniors who exhaust their own resources remain in these facilities instead of being forced to move into more restrictive settings. You have a constituent living in a private Alzheimer's assisted living facility who can no longer pay for his care and was told he must transfer to a nursing home in order to receive Medicaid coverage.

  • Patient Information Security - 2009-R-0019
    You asked for information regarding federal and state safeguards preventing the medical industry from using patients' social security numbers (SSNs) inappropriately, particularly the security standards, the penalties for security breaches, and efforts to curb the use of SSNs.

  • Living Wills and Health Care Representatives - 2008-R-0237
    You asked how Connecticut's living will and health care representative laws compare with other states, especially regarding the situations a living will covers.

  • Setting Rates For An Individual Health Insurance Policy - 2008-R-0127
    You asked how an insurance company sets rates for an individual high deductible health plan, a federally tax qualified plan compatible with a health savings account. Specifically, you wanted to know if an individual is considered part of a group for rating purposes.

  • Patient Access to Medical Records - 2006-R-0599

  • Prison Health Care - 2005-R-0214

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Library Materials

The Judicial Branch law libraries hold a number of items which may be of help to a person researching health care law. The Subject Headings below are recommended, and can be entered as subject searches using our online catalog. It is also recommended that you contact us for availability of materials.

  • Medical Care  - Law and Legislation

  • Medical Records - Law and Legislation

  • Hospitals - Law and Legislation


Connecticut General Statutes

TITLE 17a, CHAPTER 319i, PART III - PATIENTS RIGHTS, (Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities; Also known as the Patients' Bill of Rights)



  • Sec. 20-7c. Access to medical records. Mandatory notification to patient of certain test results.
    (Contains access requirements for health care providers, including maximum cost per page that the provider can charge)

  • Sec. 20-7d. Release of patient's medical records to another provider.

  • Sec. 20-7e. Medical records maintained by agencies.

  • Sec. 20-7f. Unfair billing practices.



(Note that the statutory sections that list the mandatory coverage requirements (e.g. prostate cancer screenings, mammograms, infertility treatments, etc.) for individual health insurance policies can be found in Chapter 700c of the statutes.)



  • Sec. 46b-84. Parents' obligation for maintenance of minor child. Order for health insurance coverage.

  • Sec. 46b-56. Orders re custody, care - Access to records of minor child by noncustodial parent
    ("A parent not granted custody of a minor child shall not be denied the right of access to the academic, medical, hospital or other health records of such minor child, unless otherwise ordered by the court for good cause shown." Sec. 46b-56(g))

  • Sec. 46b-88. National Medical Support Notice. Duties of issuing agency, employer and administrator of group health plan.

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