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February 4, 2016

OP-ED | Lawyers Need To Talk To Their Doctors

by Matthew C. Katz | February 4, 2016 3:49pm

It was hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the recent op-ed from Neil Ferstand, executive director of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

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January 31, 2016

OP-ED | Claims of Defensive Medicine Driving Healthcare Costs Not New

by Neil Ferstand | January 31, 2016 9:03pm

Neither are they accurate.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, a common definition of defensive medicine is the practice by a physician of ordering precautionary treatments, tests and procedures largely or entirely to avoid potential liability. The concept came into prominence when the AMA started using the term in the mid to late 1960s and it started to gain traction sometime in the 1970s. The medical industry claims the costs associated with defensive medicine significantly add to the costs of U.S. health care.

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October 22, 2015

OP-ED | Covering CT’s Uninsured: How Did We Do?

by Ellen Andrews | October 22, 2015 11:38am


The long-awaited Census numbers are out and Connecticut did a fair job of covering the uninsured last year. While there have been early reports on Connecticut’s progress, the Census is the gold standard.

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September 25, 2015

OP-ED | What Is It With Malloy And Hospitals?

by Terry Cowgill | September 25, 2015 4:30am

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Last week after the administration of Gov. Dan Malloy made emergency cuts of $103 million to the current state budget, one thing became abundantly clear: the governor doesn’t care much for hospitals.

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September 24, 2015

OP-ED | Let’s Halt Rush To Risky Medicaid Experiment

by Ellen Andrews | September 24, 2015 11:13am

I am continually reminded of the human tendency to ignore past errors and follow the latest shiny new thing. And sometimes we are blind to what is already working quite well.

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September 11, 2015

OP-ED | High Deductible Plans Can Change Health Care For the Better

by Suzanne Bates | September 11, 2015 12:00pm

Earlier this summer my son was injured in a backyard football game. After hearing a loud crack we were worried he broke his ankle, so we hurried him to an emergency room.

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August 14, 2015

OP-ED | Abusive DCF Employees Should Be Fired; Will Union Protect Them?

by Suzanne Bates | August 14, 2015 6:59am

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The children who enter the care of the state, overseen by the Department of Children and Families, are our most vulnerable children, and yet there are state workers who are allowed to continue to work with them even after allegations of abuse.

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August 13, 2015

OP-ED | Insurers Blocking Consumer Protections, Again

by Ellen Andrews and Robert Russo | August 13, 2015 2:10pm

Consumer protections had a good start in Connecticut’s latest health reform plan. But, as always, the devil is in the details. Unfortunately insurers are working to sabotage those protections to benefit their bottom line.

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June 25, 2015

OP-ED | Are Drug Company Kickbacks Fueling A Deadly Public Health Crisis In Connecticut?

by Matt DeRienzo | June 25, 2015 10:00pm

Pharmaceutical companies’ aggressive marketing of expensive (and profitable) medications has likely exacerbated America’s problems with health care.

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May 26, 2015

OP-ED | Obamacare Exchanges Help, But Confused Consumers Are Still Spending Too Much

by Wendell Potter | May 26, 2015 8:57pm

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Folks Are Happy With Health Coverage, But Still Confused By Choices

Here’s the good news: 74 percent of people nationwide who enrolled in health insurance plans through the Obamacare exchanges rate their coverage as excellent or good. That’s according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released last Thursday.

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