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Shelton Sen. Kelly Applauds New Law To Combat Substance Abuse

State Sen. Kevin Kelly's bill to combat substance abuse has been signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy.
State Sen. Kevin Kelly's bill to combat substance abuse has been signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy. Photo Credit: Senate Republicans

SHELTON, Conn. -- State Sen. Kevin Kelly (R-21) is applauding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s recent signing of a bill that aims to help individuals suffering from substance abuse.

Special Act No. 16-4 directs the Connecticut insurance commissioner to study the impediments facing individuals seeking care for drug addiction.

The study will attempt to find out if insurance policies are adequately helping those with substance abuse problems access the treatment they need.

Kelly, who represents the towns of Shelton, Stratford, Monroe and Seymour, proposed the bill in the Insurance Committee, on which he serves as ranking member, and cosponsored the legislation put forward by the committee.

“I proposed this bill because our state needs to better understand the challenges people face when they try to seek help for substance abuse,” he said. “Drug use is a public health crisis, and the only way to fight it is to take on a holistic approach and address both the causes and the effects.

“One of the biggest challenges people face when they get involved in drug use is that they don’t know what kind of support, including medical care, is available to them to help fight their addiction. This new law commissioning a study will help state lawmakers better understand this issue, so that we can remove obstacles that may prevent someone from getting help.”

Upon the study's completion, the legislature will have more information to further address addiction issues facing people in the state.

For more information on the new law, click here.

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