by Christine Stuart | Jan 24, 2018 3:35pm
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Equality | Health Care | Insurance
HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s legislature may struggle with how it reforms its tax structure in an election year, but there will likely be widespread support for reining in health care spending.
Health care is one of the largest spending categories for the state.
Continue reading "Connecticut Officials Look To Lower Prescription Drug Costs" »
by Peter Urban | Jan 22, 2018 7:14pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | White House
Congress agreed to end a three-day-old government shutdown voting on Monday to approve a temporary spending measure that will keep funds flowing for another three weeks.
The short-term “continuing resolution” passed the Senate 81-18 and the House 266-150 drawing opposition from more liberal Democrats including Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.
Continue reading "Government Shutdown Ends For Now; CT Delegates Split On Vote" »
by Christine Stuart | Jan 17, 2018 3:27pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Legal
MANCHESTER, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director sent legislative leaders a letter Wednesday to let them know most of the state’s hospitals are appealing the rate changes approved as part of the state budget.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 16, 2018 10:33pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Special Session | State Capitol
HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy followed through Tuesday with a promised veto of the restoration of funds for the Medicare Savings Program.
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by Christine Stuart | Jan 15, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Federal Budget | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | Transportation
(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.
She’s not the only one.
Continue reading "Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor" »
by Ellen Andrews | Jan 10, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | State Budget
Connecticut’s state budget is out of balance, reflecting the weakness in our state economy. Policymakers have been forced into compromising support for critical priorities, in healthcare and beyond.
Continue reading "OP-ED | Prescription Costs Are Squeezing Out Other Connecticut Priorities, But We Have Options" »
by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Congress | 2nd CD | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance | White House
WASHINGTON — Three months after President Donald Trump declared the death of Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney was on the House floor pointing to enrollment gains in Connecticut’s health insurance exchange as evidence that the Affordable Care Act is stable and growing.
“Well, as the famous resident from the state of Connecticut — Mark Twain — once said: rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Courtney said.
Continue reading "Courtney Cheers ACA Open Enrollment Results" »
by Christine Stuart | Jan 8, 2018 3:31pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Insurance | White House
HARTFORD, CT — In a year in which there were more challenges to overcome Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT, enrolled 2.3 percent more residents than it did the previous year.
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by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | Jan 8, 2018 12:57pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Legal | State Budget | Special Session | Pensions
HARTFORD, CT — Despite some good fiscal news about one part of the income tax exceeding expectations by $900 million, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned that he might still veto the General Assembly’s plan to restore health benefits for the elderly and disabled.
Continue reading "General Assembly Votes To Restore Medicare Program, Malloy Still Prepared To Veto" »
by Jack Kramer | Jan 8, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Jobs | Law Enforcement | Legal | White House | Bethel | Branford | Bristol | Hartford | Milford | Montville | South Windsor | Waterbury
HARTFORD, CT — While many believe states that have legalized recreational marijuana are being targeted by the Trump administration, what isn’t clear is whether states with medical pot programs, such as Connecticut, are also on the president’s radar screen.
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era policy that took a hands-off approach to marijuana in states where it was legal. Instead, federal prosecutors, Sessions wrote, should decide for themselves whether to crack down on marijuana businesses.
Continue reading "Connecticut Officials Confident Medical Pot Is Safe From Feds" »