Connecticut Bill Calls for Health Care Coverage for “Assistance Dogs”

Conn. Senate Bill No. 234

A Connecticut bill, Senate Bill No. 234, was recently sent to the Insurance and Real Estate Committee for a public hearing seeking to require individual and group health insurers to provide coverage for the purchase of an “assistance dog” to assist the blind, deaf, or “persons with a disability that is other than physical, including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder, provided the insured’s treating health care provider certifies in writing that such assistance dog is medically necessary.” Under the bill, the “assistance dog” ... “shall be purchased from a nonprofit organization that is established for the training of such dogs and is an accredited member of a professional association of guide dog or assistance dog organizations.”