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June 23, 2017

Connecticut Senators Work To Derail Republican Health Care Proposal

by Christine Stuart | June 23, 2017 11:59am

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

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 23, 2017 8:00am

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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 | Protect Contraceptive Access in Connecticut

by Sarah Croucher | June 23, 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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June 22, 2017

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

by Cara Rosner | June 22, 2017 11:36am

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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June 20, 2017

Health Providers Tell Lawmakers To Avoid Austerity and Expand Sales Tax Base

by Christine Stuart | June 20, 2017 1:32pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Providers of mostly health services came to the Legislative Office Building Tuesday to implore lawmakers to avoid austerity by broadening the sales tax base.

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Attorneys Take Social Services Department Back to Court

by Christine Stuart | June 20, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 9:30 a.m.) Last week attorneys in a class action lawsuit asked the court to extend the consent decree with the Department of Social Services for two more years because they say the state is again falling behind in processing Medicaid applications.

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June 19, 2017

Blumenthal Gathers Healthcare Stories To Take To Washington

by Christine Stuart | June 19, 2017 11:50am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Nearly 50 Connecticut residents signed up to tell U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to do what he can to protect the Affordable Care Act because the consequences of the American Health Care Act are cruel.

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June 16, 2017

Blumenthal To Hold Emergency Hearing On Health Care

by Christine Stuart | June 16, 2017 4:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — With no opportunity to debate the health care measure being drafted by his Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate behind closed doors, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is holding his own “emergency field hearing” Monday, June 19.

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

by Terry Cowgill | June 16, 2017 5:30am

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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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June 15, 2017

Connecticut’s Exchange Ponders Its Future

by Christine Stuart | June 15, 2017 3:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Everything is on the table when it comes to navigating how Connecticut will move forward if Congress is able to make changes to the Affordable Care Act.

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