Medical Exemption From Disconnection of Utilities in Connecticut


For patients with health conditions that require electricity for device use or prescription refrigeration, public utilities offer protection from disconnection with physician certification, with policies varying by state. In Connecticut, utilities are prohibited from disconnecting service to those with a life-threatening illness as certified by a physician, with definition of “life-threatening” left to the physician’s judgment. Although the association between energy insecurity and health outcomes has been studied in children, less is known about the association in adults with more complex health needs. We examined trends in medical exemptions from utility disconnection in Connecticut and the characteristics and health care use of adults applying for exemptions in a large primary care practice.

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Economy, Labor, and Income; Energy; Healthcare; Policy and Law; Social Services