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February 23, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Florida School Shooting Puts Sandy Hook Back In Spotlight

by Peter Urban | Feb 23, 2018 5:31am
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Education | Election 2018 | Environment | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Elderly Care | Public Safety | White House | Newtown | Energy Sector

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The mass shooting at a high school in Florida has renewed calls for government action against gun violence and once again put a spotlight on families who lost children five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Two of them — Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden — were at the White House this week participating in a “listening session” that President Donald Trump held to learn from those who have lived through such tragedies.

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February 16, 2018

Pregnant Prisoner Gives Birth in Cell

by Bhumika Choudhary | Feb 16, 2018 10:13pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Equality | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Safety

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NIANTIC, CT — A female inmate gave birth in her cell early Tuesday morning at the York Correctional Institution, raising questions about the care of pregnant prisoners.

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February 12, 2018

Guilford Mom Gets Trump’s Attention On Opioid Crisis

by Jack Kramer | Feb 12, 2018 11:13am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health | White House | Guilford


NEW YORK, NY — A Guilford mother who lost her son to a drug overdose and has been one of Connecticut’s leading spokespeople in the fight against the epidemic made an emotional plea on national television Monday for more focus on the crisis that killed over 1,000 people in Connecticut in 2017.

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February 2, 2018

State Seeks To Dismiss Hospital Lawsuit

by Christine Stuart | Feb 2, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Courts | Health Care | Insurance | Legal | State Budget

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NEW BRITAIN, CT — Connecticut officials are looking to use passage of the state budget as one of two reasons they believe the courts should dismiss a 2016 lawsuit filed by almost every hospital in the state.

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January 31, 2018

Lawmakers Override Malloy’s Medicare Veto

by Christine Stuart | Jan 31, 2018 3:35pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — As promised, the General Assembly on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of the funding to maintain benefits to the Medicare Savings Program.

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January 30, 2018

U.S. Senate Blocks Debate On Abortion Ban

by Bhumika Choudhary | Jan 30, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Public Health | Poverty

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HARTFORD, CT — The U.S. Senate on Monday fell short of the 60 votes it needed to move forward with debate on a Republican bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks.

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January 29, 2018

Study: Vaping Can Lead To Smoking

by Jack Kramer | Jan 29, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Public Health | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — A major national study on electronic cigarettes purports that vaping can lead to nicotine addiction and may prompt teenagers to switch to cigarette smoking.

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January 26, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Government Shutdown Ended With Recrimination For All

by Peter Urban | Jan 26, 2018 12:09pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Public Health | White House | New Haven

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WASHINGTON — Congress this week agreed to a temporary extension of funding to reopen the federal government after a three-day shutdown that the vast majority of the public viewed as “mainly unnecessary.”

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January 25, 2018

Lawmakers Look To Override Veto, But Will Only Save Program for 5 Months

by Christine Stuart | Jan 25, 2018 11:44am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — Lawmakers will return to the state Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 31 to override Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of funding for the Medicare Savings Program.

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ANALYSIS | CT Health Reform Reaches New Low, But There Are Hints Of Optimism

by Ellen Andrews | Jan 25, 2018 10:42am
Posted to: Analysis | Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health


Connecticut healthcare thoughtleaders gave our state a “C” for health reform this year, the lowest grade in our survey’s five years. None of the dozens of leaders across Connecticut’s health care system who responded to the survey gave the state an “A.”

The biggest losses this year were in Medicaid and data-based policymaking, but performance in every issue area has eroded. As in the past Connecticut rated a slightly higher C+ grade for effort. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not.

In the annual survey we ask Connecticut doctors, nurses, hospitals, other providers, reporters, insurance executives, academics, community and faith-based organizations, labor, employers, trade and industry associations, business leaders, brokers, payers, foundations, and consumer advocates for their assessment of our state’s progress, but this year we also asked about the impact of changes at the state and federal level and for their best advice to the next Governor. There is a lot of wisdom for policymakers in their responses.

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