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January 24, 2018

Connecticut Officials Look To Lower Prescription Drug Costs

by Christine Stuart | Jan 24, 2018 3:35pm
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Equality | Health Care | Insurance

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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.

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January 22, 2018

Government Shutdown Ends For Now; CT Delegates Split On Vote

by Peter Urban | Jan 22, 2018 7:14pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | White House

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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.

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January 17, 2018

Legislative Leaders Alarmed At Hospital Appeals

by Christine Stuart | Jan 17, 2018 3:27pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Legal

shutterstock 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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January 16, 2018

Malloy Follows Through With Veto of Medicare Savings Program

by Christine Stuart | Jan 16, 2018 10:33pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Special Session | State Capitol

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie 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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January 15, 2018

Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor

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

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(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.

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January 10, 2018

OP-ED | Prescription Costs Are Squeezing Out Other Connecticut Priorities, But We Have Options

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.

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Courtney Cheers ACA Open Enrollment Results

by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Congress | 2nd CD | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance | White House

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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.

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January 8, 2018

Exchange Enrollment Exceeds ‘Internal Expectations’

by Christine Stuart | Jan 8, 2018 3:31pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Insurance | White House

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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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General Assembly Votes To Restore Medicare Program, Malloy Still Prepared To Veto

by Jack Kramer and Christine Stuart | Jan 8, 2018 12:57pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Legal | State Budget | Special Session | Pensions

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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.

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Connecticut Officials Confident Medical Pot Is Safe From Feds

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

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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.

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