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Stratford Sen. Kelly Holds Forum On Rising Insurance Costs At Capitol

Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-Monroe, Shelton and Stratford) leads a hearing on insurance costs at the Capitol in Hartford on Monday.
Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-Monroe, Shelton and Stratford) leads a hearing on insurance costs at the Capitol in Hartford on Monday. Photo Credit: Contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. -- A panel addressed the rising health-care costs and job creation in the insurance industry in a forum led by State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-Monroe, Shelton and Stratford) Monday in Hartford.

"Without their insight and willingness to discuss the issues we cannot move forward with new ideas," Kelly said.

“As legislators, we often have the opportunity to discuss our ideas and ways in which we can improve our state. Today was the first step in listening to how the insurance industry thinks we can do better as it relates to healthcare costs and job creation," Kelly said.

The panelists were Hugh Barrett, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations at Mass Mutual; Eric George, President of the Insurance Association of Connecticut; Jennifer Herz, Assistant Counsel with CBIA; Thomas Hodson, President of the Connecticut Captive Insurance Association; Andrew Markowski, Statehouse Associates and State Director for NFIB; Keith Stover, Robinson and Cole and Connecticut Association of Health Plans; James Wadleigh, Chief Executive Officer from Access Health CT; and Rick Willard, NFIB Member and Health Insurance Broker.

"What I heard today is that there is a state-based action that we can take to help reduce the cost drivers of insurance premiums which may bring welcomed relief to the hard working middle-class families of Connecticut.”

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