HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate unanimously passed legislation that brings more oversight of hospital sales and adds consumer protections such as notices of costs for nonemergency services.

The 36-0 vote Monday follows approval by the House of Representatives on Saturday. The measure now heads to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. State health care advocates who conduct an investigation to review the cost and market impact of a hospital sale would be allowed to issue subpoenas and take testimony under oath.

The Connecticut Hospital Association opposed the legislation, saying it would increase regulations and expand the review process for hospitals seeking state approval for significant changes in health care service.

Beginning next year, the bill also would require each health carrier to maintain a website and telephone number allowing consumers to request and obtain health care information.

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