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March 30, 2015

Catholic Church Delivers 21,000 Signatures In Opposition to Aid-In-Dying Bill

by Christine Stuart | March 30, 2015 12:11pm

Christine Stuart photo The Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference delivered 21,000 signatures Monday to the legislature’s Judiciary Committee co-chairs.

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March 29, 2015

OP-ED | Proposal to Cut Health Neighborhoods Misguided

by Ellen Andrews, Sheila Amdur and Matthew Katz | March 29, 2015 7:52pm

Among the very large cuts in the governor’s budget proposal is a small cut to a shovel-ready program, almost three years in development, to coordinate care for Connecticut’s most fragile and costly residents.

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March 25, 2015

OP-ED | Feds’ War On Health Care Spending Abuse Needs To Include Medicare Advantage

by Wendell Potter | March 25, 2015 12:20am


Obama Administration Bragging About Anti-fraud Efforts, But Center Report Showed Bigger Dollars Are Being Lost Elsewhere

The Obama administration went to great lengths last week to inform us that it recovered $3.3 billion in fraudulent payments to Medicare health care providers in fiscal year 2014. Officials even went so far as to give an advance copy of their report to The Wall Street Journal, which, like the Center for Public Integrity, has been investigating Medicare fraud and abuse.

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March 24, 2015

Hospital Transparency Bill Moves Forward

by Jordan Fenster | March 24, 2015 5:30am

Jordan Fenster State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require hospital executives to disclose the “salary, severance, stock offering or any financial gain” of its officers, board members, and senior managers when a hospital changes hands.

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March 23, 2015

OP-ED | AIDS CT Applauds Governor’s Bill to Address Opiate Epidemic

by Shawn Lang | March 23, 2015 4:20pm

Between 2009 and 2014, there were more than 2,000 accidental and unintentional opioid involved deaths that occurred in 150 of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns. Nationwide, 18- to 24-year-olds are more likely to die from drug overdoses, primarily from prescription pain relievers, than from motor vehicle accidents.

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March 20, 2015

OP-ED | Shaking the Foundation of Connecticut Hospitals

by Jennifer Jackson | March 20, 2015 10:20am

The proposed state budget currently under consideration by our legislature risks the high-quality care for patients that Connecticut’s hospitals provide — it would require painful cuts in healthcare services, including mental health, and in jobs.

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March 19, 2015

OP-ED | When the State Won’t Let You Die

by Susan Bigelow | March 19, 2015 8:30pm

Do we have the right to die when and how we want, or does that power belong to the state? Connecticut is wrestling with those questions in different ways this week.

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Advocates Urge Easier Access To Expensive Drug For Medicaid Patients

by Cara Rosner | March 19, 2015 12:00pm

Shutterstock Advocates for those living with Hepatitis C are urging the state Department of Social Services to ease new criteria patients must meet in order to have an expensive medication covered by Medicaid.

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March 18, 2015

Hundreds Turn Out as Connecticut Debates Aid in Dying Measure

by New Haven Register | March 18, 2015 8:23pm

Ed Stannard photo The bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives with a doctor’s prescription brought more than 200 people to testify before the Judiciary Committee Wednesday, with spectators spilling into two overflow rooms at the Legislative Office Building.

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Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Mean More Adults Drop Insurance

by Mary E. O'Leary | March 18, 2015 4:46pm

An analysis of proposed Medicaid cuts for lower-income adults found that several thousand will likely drop health insurance or use it less often because their options on the state’s health exchange will be too expensive.

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