More than 100 new Connecticut laws went into effect on July 1st and several of them you may find beneficial.

Some of the 100 new laws approved by Connecticut's General Assembly as reported by the Hartford Courant will not go into effect immediately, such as the increase in the minimum wage and a paid family leave and medical program. Let's take a look at some of the highlights.

** Benefits for First Responders - Police officers and firefighters will now be covered by worker's compensation benefits when diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing alarming events in the line of duty.

** Youth Access to HIV Prevention Drugs - A state law already exists that permits minors to be treated for HIV or AIDS with a parent's permission. This new Connecticut law now stipulates that minors no longer need parental permission to obtain HIV prevention medication.

** Medicaid for Donor Breast Milk - Mothers who need donor breast milk for their newborns if it is deemed medically necessary will have it provided by the Department of Social Services under Medicaid.

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** Sunscreen for School Children - Children 6 and older can now bring sunscreen to school with parental permission and apply it themselves before outdoor activities. No longer does the child need a doctor's note and then have it applied by the school nurse.

** Paid Family Leave and Medical Leave Program - Payroll deductions for family leave won't begin until Jan. 2021 and benefits will begin one year later in Jan. 2022.

For a more comprehensive look at the new Connecticut state laws that went into effect on July 1, 2019, click on

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