WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, on Thursday urged people in Connecticut to take advantage of Access Health CT’s open enrollment period. Today through December 15, individuals and families can enroll in, re-enroll in, or change a 2019 health insurance plan.

“Beginning today, people in Connecticut and around the country can go online and choose a health plan that works for them and their families. We’ve been fortunate in Connecticut because policymakers and Access Health CT have put patients first,” said Murphy. “That’s not easy these days, because President Trump and Republicans in Congress have done everything they can to sabotage health insurance markets, which is wreaking havoc on premiums across the country and jeopardizing care for people with pre-existing conditions. People in Connecticut know insurance is only worth a damn if it’s there when you need it, and that’s why I’ll keep doing everything I can to defend families’ health care.” 

Murphy has been a critic of the Trump administration’s continued sabotage of the American health care system. The Trump administration has taken numerous steps to weaken the health care system by expanding “junk insurance plans” that don’t have to cover a minimum set of benefits and that don’t protect people with pre-existing conditions. Additionally, the president has cut the open enrollment period in half and slashed funding for public awareness efforts and navigators to help people learn about their options and sign up for health care coverage.