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May 22, 2017

Union Framework Released, But No Final Deal

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2017 4:23pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT— Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state labor unions are close to reaching a five-year deal that would freeze wages over the next three years, require employees to contribute more to their pension and healthcare benefits, and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees.

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May 16, 2017

Dems Look To Marijuana, Gaming & Tolls To Fill Budget Hole; GOP Wants More Labor Savings

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2017 4:05pm

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative Democratic leaders put forward a budget proposal Tuesday that legalizes marijuana, expands casino gaming, creates a paid Family and Medical Leave system, and reduces funding for Connecticut’s clean election system.

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May 8, 2017

Uncertainty and Medical Costs, Result In Increases In Insurance Rate Requests for 2018

by Christine Stuart | May 8, 2017 1:30pm

Courtesy of the Insurance Department HARTFORD, CT — The two health insurance companies currently participating in Connecticut’s health insurance exchange will participate in 2018, unless the subsidies from the federal government disappear.

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Medical Marijuana Program Continues To Grow, As Debate About Legalization Continues

by Jack Kramer | May 8, 2017 12:00pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT - While the move to legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut has hit a speed bump, the medical pot program continues to grow, now topping 18,000 patients.

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May 6, 2017

OP-ED | ‘Faith’ With No Action Is Dead; House GOP’s Morally Bankrupt Healthcare Vote

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 6, 2017 8:00am

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I say this as a person of faith myself — it’s no wonder that a lot of highly moral people look skeptically at religion these days. Why wouldn’t they?

We’ve just seen House Speaker Paul Ryan ask Republicans to “pray” for the passage of a bill that will take away health insurance from 24 million Americans (possibly more), remove strong protections for pre-existing conditions, cut Medicaid, take us back to the awful days of expensive state-run, high-risk pools, and put a per capita cap on support for Special Education students.

Oh, and surprise, there’s also a tax cut in there for the wealthiest Americans.

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May 5, 2017

House Republicans Approve Repeal And Replace Of Obamacare

by Peter Urban | May 5, 2017 5:00pm

peter urban / dc news junkie House Republicans this week narrowly approved a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, drawing harsh criticism from Democrats who claim the alternative will jeopardize coverage for millions of Americans receiving health insurance under Obamacare.

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May 4, 2017

Union Refocuses Attention On Malloy’s Budget Proposal In Latest TV Ad

by Christine Stuart | May 4, 2017 1:28pm

HARTFORD, CT — One of the largest healthcare unions in the state is keeping the pressure on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and urging him not to relocate a 21-bed detox and rehabilitation facility from Hartford to Middletown.

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May 2, 2017

House Forwards Bill Banning Conversion Therapy To Senate

by Christine Stuart | May 2, 2017 2:40pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — With overwhelming bipartisan support the House forwarded a bill that would ban the use of conversion therapy on youth to the Senate Tuesday.

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April 21, 2017

Blumenthal Offers Public Health Advisory On Ticks As Connecticut Population Surges

by Jack Kramer | April 21, 2017 5:30am

shutterstock NEW HAVEN, CT -  Connecticut is seeing a surge in ticks this spring and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Thursday to urge residents to be vigilant.

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April 18, 2017

OP-ED | Reject Cuts to Home Care Services

by Lois Cody | April 18, 2017 10:00pm

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First Lady Rosalyn Carter famously declared, “there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”

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