As insurers seek CT rate hikes, Congress ups health care benefits

Congress on Friday passed Democrats’ major bill aiming to reduce inflation that will in part lower health care costs for those enrolled through the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. But as lawmakers in Connecticut praised the federal relief, they’re also raising concerns about the proposed rate hikes that could affect plans for thousands of people in the state.

Connecticut Democrats are celebrating the “Inflation Reduction Act” after more than a year of negotiating a bill that has taken many forms and also includes a tax policy overhaul and climate change provisions different. But while Americans could see some tangible benefits in the near future, much of the health-related programs will have a much slower phase-in.

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