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August 25, 2016

Insurers Making Plans for Newly Mandated Coverage of 3D Mammograms

by Christine Stuart | August 25, 2016 4:50pm

Photo Courtesy Of Stamford Hospital Depending on the insurance company, Connecticut consumers may be paying for the legislature and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision to expand required coverage of breast cancer imaging to include 3D mammography.

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Connecticut Senator Joins Chorus On EpiPen Price Hikes

by Cara Rosner | August 25, 2016 11:26am

Christine Stuart photo U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has joined the growing chorus blasting pharmaceutical giant Mylan over the skyrocketing cost of EpiPens, calling on the company to immediately lower the price of the life-saving medication.

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August 24, 2016

Families Celebrate New Connecticut Law Requiring Screening of Newborns for ALD

by Jack Kramer | August 24, 2016 2:34pm

Jack Kramer / CTNewsJunkie BRANFORD — Connecticut has now joined New York as the only states in the country that require the screening of newborns for a disease that causes rapid degeneration of the nervous system in young boys — Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

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August 23, 2016

Children’s Center In Hamden To Pilot Recovery High School Class

by Jack Kramer | August 23, 2016 12:00pm

Jack Kramer photo Frustrated by what they see as a lack of urgency by officials and motivated by a film that tracked a recovery high school in Houston, two administrators at a Hamden children’s facility are hoping to start a “pilot’’ recovery class.

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August 22, 2016

How Does Connecticut Measure Up In Fight Against Cancer?

by Jack Kramer | August 22, 2016 4:00pm

Connecticut is getting mixed reviews in its fight against cancer, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society Action Network.

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August 16, 2016

State Agency Will Privatize Services For Disabled, Lay Off State Workers

by Christine Stuart | August 16, 2016 2:06pm

Courtesy of Malloy's office The Department of Development Services will reduce its workforce by 605 employees after Jan. 1, 2017 and privatize most of its remaining group home services, the agency’s commissioner said Tuesday.

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Mixed Messages Regarding Opioid Epidemic

by Jack Kramer | August 16, 2016 11:30am

Courtesy of SEIU 1199 It seems like you can’t go to a news website, pick up a newspaper, or watch a television newscast these days in Connecticut without hearing about the state’s opioid crisis.

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August 9, 2016

OP-ED | The Biggest Bleed; A Cautionary Tale

by Stephen Spignesi | August 9, 2016 8:00am

“This might just be one of the biggest bleeds in a senior we’ve ever seen.”

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Nurse Practitioner on the other end of the phone went on to explain to me that when an elderly patient with a hematoma — essentially a very bad bruise — shows up at the hospital, one of the first things they do is check their INR level — their warfarin level. Normal is between 2 and 3. Massive bleeds often return results of between 10 and 12, indicating a dangerously high level of the blood thinner. My mother’s was 2.7.

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August 4, 2016

ConnectiCare Nearly Doubles Its Requested 2017 Rate Hike

by Christine Stuart | August 4, 2016 12:51pm

Courtesy of CT-N A day before a public hearing on its requested off-exchange rate increase, ConnectiCare nearly doubled its original request for a rate hike from 24.3 percent to 42.7 percent.

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August 3, 2016

Public Opposes Double-Digit Anthem Rate Increase

by Christine Stuart | August 3, 2016 2:54pm

Christine Stuart photo No one except executives from Anthem Health Plans defended the insurer’s request for a double-digit rate increase Wednesday during an Insurance Department public hearing.

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