New Laws Effective July 1

July 1, 2019

A number of new laws go into effect today, including benefits for first responders who have been determined to have post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing a traumatic event while on the job.

Highway rest areas, including indoor restroom facilities, will now be open to the public seven days a week - funding for 24-hour service at the state’s seven locations was included in the budget signed last week.

Also among the new laws taking effect:

  • Minors will no longer need parental consent to obtain HIV prevention medication, commonly referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and sold under the brand name Truvada. State law already allowed minors to be treated for HIV or AIDS without their parents being notified.
  • Medicaid will now provide coverage for mothers who need donor breast milk for their newborns in cases where it is medically necessary.
  • The legislature created new LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network
  • Connecticut will develop a marketing plan, including a social media campaign and website, to promote the state as a bioscience hub.

Many more laws take effect today – if you have questions on any of these, please feel free to contact my office.