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August 31, 2015

Insurance Regulators Lower Proposed Increases, In Most Cases

by Christine Stuart | August 31, 2015 12:51pm

Regulators told health insurance companies selling plans both on and off the state’s insurance exchange that it was okay to increase their premiums, but, in most cases, not as much as requested.

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August 27, 2015

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Hosts Discussion on Mental Health Care Bill in New Haven

by New Haven Register | August 27, 2015 12:00pm

Ryan Flynn/New Have Register photo U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Wednesday said mental health care in America desperately needs an overhaul, and the self-described “progressive Democrat” has joined forced with “a very conservative Republican from the deep South” to do just that.

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Blumenthal Calls on Insurance Companies to Help Smokers Quit

by Elizabeth Regan | August 27, 2015 5:30am

Elizabeth Regan photo People who purchased health insurance through the state healthcare exchange and who want to quit smoking are entitled to free medications and services — even if their insurer doesn’t appear to want them to know about it.

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August 25, 2015

List of Approved Conditions for Medical Marijuana May Be Growing

by Elizabeth Regan | August 25, 2015 5:30am

With the number of patients registered to use medical marijuana increasing 182 percent since the first dispensary opened last September, the state is on its way to adding more debilitating conditions to the list of 11 qualifying health issues.

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August 24, 2015

Lembo: Restricting Compound Drugs Has Saved Money

by Christine Stuart | August 24, 2015 3:53pm

Christine Stuart photo State Comptroller Kevin Lembo said Monday that the state has been able to cut spending by about $2 million per month by implementing restrictions on the use of questionable compound drugs.

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August 20, 2015

UConn Begins To Close Budget Gap With Layoffs

by Christine Stuart | August 20, 2015 3:14pm

shutterstock The University of Connecticut confirmed Thursday that it started sending layoff notices last month to its employees in Storrs, its regional campuses, and its health center.

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August 19, 2015

Connecticut Will Get $1M From Multi-State Drug Settlement

by Cara Rosner | August 19, 2015 10:00am

Connecticut’s general fund is getting more than $1 million thanks to a multistate settlement reached with a California biopharmaceutical company.

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August 18, 2015

Blumenthal to Coca-Cola: ‘The World Is Watching’

by Madeline Stocker | August 18, 2015 7:00pm

Madeline Stocker photo After the Coca-Cola company offered what they described as a “scientific” answer to the age-old weight loss question, health officials across the country accused them of sugar-coating their research.

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7,000 Consumers Are In Danger of Losing Health Insurance

by Christine Stuart | August 18, 2015 10:13am

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 3:19 p.m.) More than 16,000 households who signed up for private insurance on Connecticut’s insurance exchange are waiting for their financial documents to be verified and another 7,000 are in danger of losing their coverage because they have failed to submit required documents, according to Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh.

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August 17, 2015

Feds Offer Optimism About Insurance Rates for 2016

by Christine Stuart | August 17, 2015 1:01pm

Christine Stuart file photo The head of the federal insurance marketplace and the former head of Connecticut’s marketplace is letting insurance commissioners know there’s a lot of data that shows rates should stay low in 2016.

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