Connecticut AARP recognizes Crisco

Joseph Crisco, Jr.

HARTFORD — The state chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons awarded State Sen. Joseph Crisco, Jr. (D-17) a Legislative Achievement Award last week.

According to a release issued by Crisco’s office, the award is “in recognition of his outstanding leadership on Connecticut’s state health insurance exchange, which will provide a marketplace for consumers to shop competitively for quality, affordable health insurance.”

Crisco is chair of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee.

In addition to creation of the state’s Insurance Exchange, which will function as a clearinghouse for businesses and insurance consumers to compare and contrast insurance options, Crisco’s 2011 legislative achievements also include required insurance coverage for bone marrow compatibility testing and for clinical trials for patients with chronic, progressive, or debilitating disease, and the healthcare pooling initiative, designed to use economies of scale to bring down the cost of health insurance, according to the release.

“I have long admired the efforts of AARP to safeguard the health and well-being of senior citizens and to try and do so through expanded insurance options and coverage, which coincides with the legislative work I’m committed to pursuing,” Crisco said in the release. “It is gratifying to be recognized by this esteemed group and I appreciate the kindness I’ve received.”

Crisco added, “Going forward, my pledge is to continue working on these issues to expand access to Connecticut’s healthcare delivery network, and to ensure the high quality of available healthcare.”