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Report: Many CT Consumers Don’t Understand Their Health Insurance Policies

by Cara Rosner
Posted: Jun 26, 2017 10:04am

 Many consumers who obtain insurance through Connecticut’s health care exchange don’t understand the plans they buy—and can struggle to access care as a result, according to a new report.

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Update With Dan Newmyer

by Staff Report
Posted: Jun 26, 2017 7:32am

Listen to our Capitol news recap and preview.

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OP-ED | Protect Contraceptive Access in Connecticut

by Sarah Croucher
Posted: Jun 25, 2017 12:01am

In January, female legislators in Connecticut proposed bills that would protect copay-free access to birth control for insurance plans in our state.

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OP-ED | Redistricting Reform Long Overdue

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jun 23, 2017 10:00am

The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a case on the politically biased drawing of electoral districts for the first time. Depending on how the justices rule, this could be a watershed moment for fairness in elections both nationally and here in Connecticut.

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OP-ED | Middle Class, Middle Aged, and Mad

by Sarah Darer Littman
Posted: Jun 23, 2017 8:00am

I’m a hard-working, middle-aged, middle-class American, and I’m tired and angry. I’m self-employed, and have several pre-existing health conditions, one of which involves mental health. I choose to be open about that in order to help the young people I write for, by showing them that you can have a diagnosed condition and still lead a productive and successful life with the right medication and treatment  --  if, and this is becoming an increasingly big if  --  you have insurance and can afford the co-pays.

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OP-ED | School Year in Review: DeVos Receives Failing Grade

by Barth Keck
Posted: Jun 23, 2017 5:30am

Another school year has come to an end. As I look back, one persistent image in my mind is U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos using a Congressional testimony to dismiss East Hartford High School as "nothing more than adult day care ... a dangerous daycare."

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DCF’s New Strategy: Treating Children And Families In Their Own Homes

by Jenifer Frank
Posted: Jun 22, 2017 11:36am

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State Disciplines Eight Nurses

by Kate Farrish
Posted: Jun 22, 2017 8:59am

 The state Board of Examiners for Nursing on Wednesday disciplined eight nurses, including seven for cases involving the theft or abuse of drugs and alcohol.

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MGM’s Connecticut Casino Wrangle Crashes on Appeal

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: Jun 21, 2017 4:54pm

Plans for a new Connecticut casino operated by the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes received a boost Wednesday as the Second Circuit rejected a challenge by MGM Resorts International.

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Malloy Immediately Disses Proposal To Study School Funding

by Jack Kramer
Posted: Jun 21, 2017 1:39pm


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Towns Lobby to Protect Funds; State to Use Rainy Day Fund to Close FY17 Deficit | MCP 1242

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 21, 2017 5:30am

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FRONT ROW CT | Summer Begins To Sizzle With Hot Upcoming Events

by Kelly Byrnes
Posted: Jun 20, 2017 5:20pm

Peter Frampton and the Steve Miller Band, Nik Wallenda's Zirkus, the Zac Brown Band, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ed Sheeran are all coming to Connecticut in the next few weeks. Get your tickets here!

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Fla. Gov. Seeks to Lure More CT Firms South

by Hartford Business Journal
Posted: Jun 20, 2017 7:44am

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Live From Gateway ... It’s WNPR!

by Markeshia Ricks
Posted: Jun 20, 2017 6:42am

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Capitol News Update

by Staff Report
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 10:29am

Our state Capitol update with Dan Newmyer. 

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Weight Loss Gets Harder, But Still Possible After 50

by Karen Weintraub
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 9:27am

 Last fall, Sharon Boland was worried she’d never lose the extra 70 pounds she was carrying. At age 54, everyone told her, it would be nearly impossible to slim down.

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Your Morning Coffee & Politics | 1240

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 19, 2017 5:30am

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Shooting Stuns Congress; Esty Says Don’t Broadcast Jones’s Hate Speech | Issue 14

by Peter Urban
Posted: Jun 16, 2017 3:00pm

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OP-ED | An Angry Country on the Cliff’s Edge

by Susan Bigelow
Posted: Jun 16, 2017 10:00am

Today, let me praise President Donald Trump for his statement following the shooting in Alexandria. The president said: “We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because, above all, they love our country … [W]e are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good.”

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OP-ED | Rent Seeking In The Capitol: Paranoia About The Optometry App

by Terry Cowgill
Posted: Jun 16, 2017 5:30am

Smack in the middle of a towering state budget crisis, and as the General Assembly goes into special session to deal with it, it might seem very small of a Connecticut political columnist to devote time and space to a segment of the business community that's afraid of competition, but here goes anyway.

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Bipartisan Attorneys General Group Opens Probe of Opioid Makers

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: Jun 15, 2017 10:14pm

At least 16 states teamed up Thursday to investigate whether pharmaceutical manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing and sale of prescription opioids.

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Modest Funding for Independent Living Centers is Smart Budgeting

by Daria Smith
Posted: Jun 15, 2017 10:00pm

$529,000 is a very small line item in a $17B state budget, but every day it saves money, helping people live independently in the community, avoiding costly nursing facilities. Fully fund Connecticut's Independent Living Centers.

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OP-ED | State Legislature Should Not Censor CT-N

by Dan Klau
Posted: Jun 15, 2017 3:59pm

The Connecticut General Assembly recently issued a Request for Proposals concerning the operation of CT-N - the Connecticut Television Network. As presently written, this RFP would dramatically restrict CT-N’s ability to cover Executive and Judicial Branch proceedings, which CT-N has covered for many years. Even more startling, the RFP would give the General Assembly extensive editorial control over the content of CT-N programming.

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What Malloy & Koch Brothers Have In Common; A Call for Civility After Shooting | MCP 1238

by Christine Stuart
Posted: Jun 15, 2017 5:30am

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Congressional Democrats Sue Trump Over Foreign Emoluments

by Courthouse News Service
Posted: Jun 14, 2017 2:03pm

Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress filed a federal complaint Wednesday against President Donald Trump, saying his vast international business holdings violate a centuries-old anti-bribery provision of the U.S. Constitution.

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June 26, 2017

Union Ads Uses Millionaires To Tout Revenue Increase

by Christine Stuart | Jun 26, 2017 11:03am
Posted to: Labor | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Courtesy of the SEIU 1199 ad HARTFORD, CT — One of Connecticut’s state employee unions is doing everything it can to get lawmakers to consider more revenue as the state races toward the end of the fiscal year without a budget.

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Apple Executive Seeks To Challenge Murphy

by Jack Kramer | Jun 26, 2017 5:28am
Posted to: Congress | Election 2018 | Branford

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie BRANFORD, CT — When asked why he’d decided to take on the challenge of running against a well-known incumbent in U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, Dominic Rapini chuckled.

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June 23, 2017

Connecticut Senators Work To Derail Republican Health Care Proposal

by Christine Stuart | Jun 23, 2017 11:59am
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Insurance | White House

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT— It fundamentally alters the Medicaid program, rolls back protections for women, children, the disabled, and patients with preexisting conditions, and according to one U.S. Senator is “even meaner”  than the House version.

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Shared Solar Struggles In Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | Jun 23, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Energy | Environment | Hartford | Simsbury

LEUNGCHOPAN VIA SHUTTERSTOCK HARTFORD — (Updated 2:30 p.m.) It could produce 2,580 full-time jobs during construction and $374 million in local economic benefits for the state, according to a new report, but the idea of shared solar hasn’t gotten off the ground in Connecticut.

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June 22, 2017

Lawmakers Look To Pass Budget, Float Sales Tax Increase

by Christine Stuart | Jun 22, 2017 3:20pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 4:17 p.m.) With the governor threatening to veto any resolution the legislature passes to keep government going in the absence of a state budget agreement, Democrats, who hold a slim majority in the House, are being encouraged to adopt a two-year budget.

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Yale Study Finds Indoor Tanning Ban For Minors Is Not Fool Proof

by Cara Rosner | Jun 22, 2017 11:36am
Posted to: Health Care | Public Health

Wikipedia In states where minors are banned from using indoor tanning facilities, like Connecticut, young people are still accessing the services, a new study has found.

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$25 Million And Counting

by Christine Stuart | Jun 22, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Campaign Finance | Ethics | State Capitol

shutterstock Lobbyists spent $25 million this year trying to push their issues over the legislative finish line, according to reports filed with the Office of State Ethics.

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June 21, 2017

Legislative Leaders, Malloy Meet And Aim For June 29

by Christine Stuart | Jun 21, 2017 11:46am
Posted to: State Budget | Special Session

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 1:15 p.m.) Legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met for about an hour Wednesday to discuss how to move forward with a two-year budget that closes a $5.1 billion deficit.

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Cities and Towns Try To Grab Lawmakers’ Attention

by Christine Stuart | Jun 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Town News | State Budget

Screengrab of CCM ad A municipal lobbying group is asking lawmakers to act quickly to adopt a responsible state budget. But getting their attention — now that lawmakers aren’t gathering at the state Capitol on a daily basis — is a challenge.

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June 20, 2017

State Will Use Rainy Day Fund To Close $107.2M Budget Hole

by Christine Stuart | Jun 20, 2017 9:12pm
Posted to: State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie The state is expected to end the 2017 fiscal year with a $107.2 million shortfall, according a monthly budget report from Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes.

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