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January 13, 2017

OP-ED | Confront Logic Fallacies In Policy And Save Lives

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 13, 2017 11:00am

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A new year in America starts with another mass shooting. Are we going to repeat the same questions, then wait till the next time people die for no good reason except our inability to confront the consequences of conflicting policies?

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December 29, 2016

OP-ED | Reckless Repeal of ACA Risks Lives For No Benefit

by Sarah Darer Littman | December 29, 2016 3:00pm

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Congressional Republicans are falling over themselves to repeal the Affordable Care Act with Scrooge-like joy. It’s as if ideology is more important to them than the fact that hardworking, self-employed taxpayers like my husband and myself could be denied health insurance.

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November 25, 2016

OP-ED | Healthcare Cabinet Making Big, Troubling Plans for Connecticut’s Healthcare

by Ellen Andrews | November 25, 2016 5:30am

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Connecticut’s health system has been described as a “burning platform.” After six years of moderate growth, health care costs are once again on the rise. Average single premiums are up 25 percent for next year and more costs are being pushed off onto consumers.

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August 9, 2016

OP-ED | The Biggest Bleed; A Cautionary Tale

by Stephen Spignesi | August 9, 2016 7:00am

“This might just be one of the biggest bleeds in a senior we’ve ever seen.”

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Nurse Practitioner on the other end of the phone went on to explain to me that when an elderly patient with a hematoma — essentially a very bad bruise — shows up at the hospital, one of the first things they do is check their INR level — their warfarin level. Normal is between 2 and 3. Massive bleeds often return results of between 10 and 12, indicating a dangerously high level of the blood thinner. My mother’s was 2.7.

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July 20, 2016

OP-ED | Rate Review Hearings: A Public Look into Health Insurance Premiums

by Katharine Wade | July 20, 2016 10:04am

The Connecticut Insurance Department’s prime mission is consumer protection. Helping consumers understand what drives health insurance rates is critical to the larger picture of how we can all work together to address rising health care costs.

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May 31, 2016

OP-ED | Patient Engagement – the Key to Good Health

by Vicki Veltri | May 31, 2016 12:00pm

Don’t blink. I usually use that statement when I describe driving through my town in eastern Connecticut. But the same can be said about health and healthcare. Don’t blink or you will miss the healthcare revolution that is underway.

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April 12, 2016

OP-ED | Why Aren’t Connecticut Women Getting Superior Breast Exams?

by Dr. Liane Philpotts | April 12, 2016 4:00pm

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To Detect Cancer, A 3D Mammogram Is Better Than A 2D Mammogram

Here’s a medical fact that should be uncontroversial: the better your mammogram, the more likely you are to beat breast cancer.

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February 21, 2016

OP-ED | Connecting Dots Between the Heroin Epidemic and Campaign Donations

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 21, 2016 11:00am

OpenSecrets.org
Deaths from heroin and opioids increased again in Connecticut last year, and suddenly everyone’s talking about it. Press releases on the topic went out last week from five of Connecticut’s seven Congressional delegates (Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Reps. John Larson, Rosa DeLauro, and Joe Courtney).

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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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