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Earlier today the legislature’s Insurance Committee unanimously passed HB-5013 with substitute language. The new bill language adds one consumer and one small business representative to the CT Health Insurance Exchange Board and makes the State Health Care Advocate a voting member. The bill will be effective upon passage. The bipartisan bill partially addresses concerns raised by advocates, small businesses, editorial boards and others about the lack of consumer and small business voices on the Exchange. The bill now goes to the House floor.