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April 20, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Promotes ‘Medicare For Everyone’

by Peter Urban | Apr 20, 2018 5:35am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance | Public Health

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Call it Medicare Part E. That’s what Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley have cooked up as the next big idea for health reform.

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April 17, 2018

One Paid Medical Leave Bill Squeaks Through Finance

by Christine Stuart | Apr 17, 2018 4:41pm
Posted to: Business | Courts | The Economy | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Housing | Jobs | Labor | Legal | State Capitol

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HARTFORD, CT — One bill failed and one was saved during Tuesday’s meeting of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee when House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz promised one of his members that they would remove $20 million in bonding for start-up costs.

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Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program Continues To Grow

by Jack Kramer | Apr 17, 2018 10:29am
Posted to: Agriculture | Business | Health Care | Jobs | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — One sign of the success of the state’s medical marijuana program is the scores of businesses who want to be part of it.

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April 12, 2018

Lawmakers Work To Get Drug Pricing, Mental Health Parity Over Finish Line

by Christine Stuart | Apr 12, 2018 2:16pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT —With 20 working days left in the legislative session, lawmakers are making a big push for legislation that would improve mental health parity and make drug prices more transparent.

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April 4, 2018

Obamacare Enrollment Nationwide Holds Steady, Poll Shows Majority Will Buy in 2019

by Parker Fiske | Apr 4, 2018 2:41pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — Despite ongoing attempts by the Trump administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act, new data from the Center Medicare and Medicaid Services suggests that final enrollment numbers nationally have not dropped significantly over the past year.

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March 30, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Esty Issues Apology; Blumenthal Opposes VA Privatization

by Christine Stuart and Peter Urban | Mar 30, 2018 1:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Iraq at Home | Public Health | Veterans Affairs | Newington | West Haven

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U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued an apology Thursday for failing to act sooner in 2016 when Tony Baker, her former chief of staff, was accused of harassing, threatening, and punching a female former staffer, Hearst reported Thursday.

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March 29, 2018

Lawmakers, Correction Officials Look To Change Treatment of Female Prisoners

by Christine Stuart | Mar 29, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Equality | Ethics | Health Care | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement

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HARTFORD, CT — Advocates told the Judiciary Committee Wednesday that shackling an inmate while she is pregnant - or telling an inmate to use her sock when she runs out of feminine hygiene products - is not just offensive, it’s also inhumane.

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March 23, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Approves Budget; Trump Threatens Veto Then Says He’ll Sign It

by Peter Urban | Mar 23, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | Iraq at Home | Law Enforcement | Manufacturing | Public Health | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs | White House | Portland

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(UPDATED Friday, 6:45 p.m.) Looking to avoid a third government shutdown in three weeks, Congress sent President Donald Trump a $1.3 trillion spending bill early Friday morning that will keep federal doors open through September.

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March 22, 2018

Medicaid Public Option Bill Makes It Out of Committee

by Christine Stuart | Mar 22, 2018 5:06pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — A study of what a Medicaid public option for health insurance would look like in Connecticut squeaked through the Human Services Committee Thursday on a party line vote.

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March 21, 2018

Homecare Contract Approved

by Christine Stuart | Mar 21, 2018 2:08pm
Posted to: The Economy | Election 2018 | Equality | Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Poverty | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Legislation that increases the pay to $16.25 an hour for unionized homecare workers passed the Senate 32-0 and the House 127-16.

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