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April 29, 2016

House Sends Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage For 3D Mammograms To Senate

by Jack Kramer | April 29, 2016 3:11pm

Christine Stuart file photo Even in the toughest of financial times there is legislation that, even though it costs money, draws bipartisan support.

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Federal Report Finds Wide Disparities Among Medicare Recipients

by Lisa Chedekel | April 29, 2016 2:38pm

istock Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to get flu vaccines, have a preventive health care visit, or receive follow-up care after being hospitalized for a mental health disorder, according to a first-of-its kind federal report that looks at health disparities among people on Medicare Advantage plans.

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OP-ED | Protecting The Rich Means Short-changing Mental Health

by Jacqueline Brunelle and Immacula Cann | April 29, 2016 12:30pm

In January, President Obama challenged Republican lawmakers to “put your money where your mouth is” on the importance of mental health spending and reforms. We hope this might serve as a friendly reminder to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to reconsider the layoffs he’s announced for mental health workers like us at already short-staffed facilities that provide essential care to patients whose illnesses unfortunately make them a danger to themselves and others.

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OP-ED | Dems Punt on Budget, Again

by Susan Bigelow | April 29, 2016 10:00am

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It’s been a pretty intense week all around, what with the primary and the looming end of the legislative session, so Democrats can almost be forgiven for turning in a budget that was late and poorly thought out. Almost.

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OP-ED | A Starting Point to Discuss Improving Connecticut’s Competitiveness

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 29, 2016 8:00am

Earlier this month, the Business Council of Fairfield County Foundation presented a Connecticut Economic Competitiveness Diagnostic, prepared by McKinsey and Company, to the state’s Commission on Economic Competitiveness.

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Dreamers Wear Their Caps and Gowns To Lobby the House

by Jack Kramer | April 29, 2016 5:30am

Jack Kramer photo For the fourth day in a row, members of Connecticut Students for a Dream (C4D) gathered outside the House chamber behind the velvet ropes that separate lobbyists and lawmakers to urge passage of a bill that would give them access to financial aid regardless of immigration status.

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April 28, 2016

Senate Tables Debate On Increasing Minimum Wage To $12 An Hour By 2020

by Christine Stuart | April 28, 2016 9:48pm

Christine Stuart photo In an unexpected move, the state Senate raised and then tabled debate on a bill that calls for an increase in the state’s minimum wage from its current $9.60 an hour to $12 an hour by Jan. 1, 2020.

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Democrats to Malloy: We Have A Budget, Let’s Negotiate

by Christine Stuart | April 28, 2016 2:49pm

Christine Stuart photo Democratic legislative leaders came up with a budget that closes a $920 million deficit, but they don’t have the votes to pass it and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he wouldn’t sign a budget he didn’t negotiate.

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OP-ED | Public Retirement Option Needed, But Will It Grow Into A Monster?

by Terry Cowgill | April 28, 2016 5:30am

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It’s something almost all of us should be worrying about. Unless you’re young, independently wealthy or have a good government job or the equivalent in the private sector, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to survive when you can’t work anymore.

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Frustration Mounts As Democrats Are Slow To Put Forward Budget Plan

by Christine Stuart | April 28, 2016 5:29am

Democratic legislative leaders said they have a budget proposal that addresses the budget deficit, but they haven’t shared it with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the public, or the news media.

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