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October 17, 2017

Trump Tweets That Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws

by Jack Kramer | October 17, 2017 12:08pm

Courtesy of his Instagram page WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s drug czar withdrew his name Tuesday morning, in the wake of reports that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to penalize large drug companies.

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October 13, 2017

Connecticut Joins Lawsuit To Save Obamacare Subsidy

by Christine Stuart | October 13, 2017 3:03pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has teamed up with attorney generals from California, Massachusetts, and Kentucky in challenging President Donald Trump’s elimination of the cost sharing reduction payments.

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What Trump’s Healthcare Moves Mean For Connecticut

by Christine Stuart | October 13, 2017 12:15pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — President Donald Trump followed through on his threats to eliminate subsidies for some of the poorest individuals receiving their health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges.

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October 10, 2017

Advocates Rush To Save Healthcare Programs For Low-Income Residents

by Christine Stuart | October 10, 2017 1:08pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Jessica Offir’s life will likely be cut short if the Democratic or Republican budget proposals from mid-September aren’t changed.

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October 4, 2017

Hartford Healthcare Reaches Deal With Aetna, But Anthem Is Still Under Negotiation

by Christine Stuart | October 4, 2017 5:30am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — In contrast to its inability to reach a deal with Anthem, Hartford Healthcare announced Tuesday that it has reached a deal with Aetna, three months before the expiration of the current contract.

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September 29, 2017

Clock Is Ticking On Hospital Tax

by Christine Stuart | September 29, 2017 12:58pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The halls of the state Capitol were quiet Friday as Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration worked to resolve its longstanding dispute with the Connecticut Hospital Association.

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September 27, 2017

The Opioid Crisis Is ‘Bigger Than We Think’

by Jack Kramer | September 27, 2017 11:45am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT – When Dr. Daren Anderson began practicing medicine in the late 1990s not many doctors had heard about the opioid crisis.

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September 26, 2017

Malloy Administration Working To Push Hospital Tax Deal Over Finish Line

by Christine Stuart | September 26, 2017 8:38pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Plans to act swiftly to save the tax deal legislators negotiated with hospital executives as part of the budget have been slowed in an effort to get 20 hospitals to settle their lawsuit against the state claiming the taxing scheme is illegal.

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Legislators Could Take Up Hospital Tax This Week

by Christine Stuart | September 26, 2017 5:30am

shutterstock Legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will decide Tuesday whether to convene a special session later this week to approve a newly restructured hospital tax before Oct. 1.

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September 21, 2017

ANALYSIS | Connecticut’s Uninsured Rate Still Dropping, But Congress May Unravel Progress

by Ellen Andrews | September 21, 2017 7:21pm


In good news, U.S. Census data finds that Connecticut’s uninsured rate continues to drop. Last year 4.9 percent of Connecticut residents didn’t have coverage. While that’s still 179,000 people and far too high, it is down by almost half from 2013. The bad news is that all that progress is at risk with a vote in Congress next week. Despite what you’ve heard, efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid are alive and well.

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