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March 24, 2017

Malloy Points To Trump’s Executive Order As Ownership of Obamacare

by Christine Stuart | March 24, 2017 5:12pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was on MSNBC Friday afternoon as news broke about the decision to repeal the Republican healthcare bill, said he thinks this was a “good day for America.”

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Republicans Fall Short of Votes to Pass Health Plan in Blow to Trump Administration

by Dustin Volz and David Lawder, Reuters | March 24, 2017 3:25pm

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republicans in Congress lacked the votes needed for passage of their U.S. healthcare system overhaul and a key committee chairman came out in opposition after Donald Trump demanded a vote on Friday in a gamble that could hobble his presidency. As a result, shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican replacement plan from the House floor.

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Emotional, Politically Charged Conversation On Labor Rights

by Christine Stuart | March 24, 2017 2:18pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — State employees and their brothers and sisters in labor gathered at the Legislative Office Building to let lawmakers know they are not interested in giving up their collective bargaining rights.

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OP-ED | Pragmatism, Not Ideology, Needed in Healthcare Reform

by Sarah Darer Littman | March 24, 2017 9:00am

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The problem with voting for president is you can’t take your vote back for a refund when you realize you got a bum deal.

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March 22, 2017

Doctor’s Testimony Challenges Lawmakers Support For Legalizing Marijuana

by Christine Stuart | March 22, 2017 4:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Supporters of legalizing marijuana were put on the defensive Wednesday by almost two hours of testimony offered by Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and director of neuropsychiatry at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

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OP-ED | Proposed Husky Cuts Could Have A Devastating Impact On Patients In Need

by Craig Glover and Ludwig Spinelli | March 22, 2017 5:30am

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As the CEOs of two local Federally Qualified Health Centers, both of which have a mission of treating every patient who comes to us regardless of ability to pay, we have grave concerns regarding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plans to dramatically scale back coverage under the state’s HUSKY plan in this year’s budget proposal.

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March 20, 2017

Connecticut Calls On Republicans To Hit The Pause Button On Changes To Medicaid

by Christine Stuart | March 20, 2017 12:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a possible House vote this week on Republican’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Connecticut’s Medicaid providers, advocates, and consumers are making a last-ditch effort to call for changes to the American Health Care Act.

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Producers, Pharmacists Worry Taxing Medical Marijuana Will Hurt The Program

by Jack Kramer | March 20, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of CT-N HARTFORD, CT - Proposed legislation that would impose a 6 percent tax on the state’s 17,000 medical marijuana users was met with stiff opposition by medical professionals at a public hearing Friday.

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March 17, 2017

Murphy, Blumenthal Sign Onto Bill To Place A Fee On Prescription Opioids

by Jack Kramer | March 17, 2017 11:30am

Courtesy of the West Haven mayor's office WEST HAVEN, CT — U.S. Sens Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal are co-sponsors of new legislation that would place a fee on opioid ingredients to fund expansion of substance abuse treatment.

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Esty Helps Lead Opposition To Bill Removing Veterans’ Health Records from Gun Background Checks

by Christine Stuart | March 17, 2017 5:00am

ctnewsjunkie file photo WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would give veterans — previously unable to purchase firearms because of a mental health diagnosis — access to firearms.

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