State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., D-Woodbridge, co-chair of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, today welcomed the signature of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy – representing official enactment – of two new health care initiatives.
Crisco said the two new laws were among his priorities for this year’s session: to expand biomedical research funds to cover stroke research and extend health insurance coverage for those on the autism spectrum.
With regard to research into causes and treatment of stroke, Crisco said Connecticut’s Biomedical Research Fund was originally meant to supplement funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) but over time, with drastic cuts at the federal level, Connecticut’s program has largely supplanted NIH grants.
“Researchers already know that several risk factors with regard to stroke include high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and tobacco use, each of which aligns perfectly with the original purpose of the Biomedical Research Fund,” Crisco said. “But the debilitating fallout from stroke depends on which part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, and for how long, so there’s a world of research still waiting to be done.”
“There are more than seven million stroke survivors in the United States who are recovering, but additional research is needed to help them – and new stroke patients – do so more quickly and more thoroughly,” Crisco added.
The other new law, to ensure health insurance coverage for autism patients in Connecticut, was prompted by a concern that some patients might lose their benefits based upon new diagnosis criteria expected imminently from the American Psychiatric Association.
“Connecticut leads the nation providing for those with autism and their families; with this new law we underscore our long-term commitment to help the families of those afflicted with autism, especially children,” Crisco added.
“This will provide families some measure of assurance that their coverage will continue no matter what revisions are made in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).”
“I’m grateful for the support of legislators, leadership, and the governor throughout the process leading to enactment of these laws,” Crisco said.
This post is taken from a press release from Crisco's office.