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September 21, 2017

ANALYSIS | Connecticut’s Uninsured Rate Still Dropping, But Congress May Unravel Progress

by Ellen Andrews | September 21, 2017 7:21pm


In good news, U.S. Census data finds that Connecticut’s uninsured rate continues to drop. Last year 4.9 percent of Connecticut residents didn’t have coverage. While that’s still 179,000 people and far too high, it is down by almost half from 2013. The bad news is that all that progress is at risk with a vote in Congress next week. Despite what you’ve heard, efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid are alive and well.

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Access Health CT Prepares For Enrollment

by Cara Rosner | September 21, 2017 11:30am

HARTFORD, CT — If the Affordable Care Act still exists in a few weeks, Access Health CT (AHCT) officials are making several changes intended to help consumers to find the right health insurance plan.

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GOP Pushing Obamacare Repeal; Graham-Cassidy Would Hit Connecticut Hard

by Peter Urban | September 21, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of C-SPAN 2 WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday he is “deeply concerned” Senate Republicans will rush ahead next week with legislation replacing the Affordable Care Act with an alternative plan that will do far greater harm to the nation’s health care system than earlier GOP proposals.

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September 13, 2017

Insurance Regulators Approve Double-Digit Rate Increases

by Christine Stuart | September 13, 2017 2:52pm

HARTFORD, CT — Without any guarantees from Washington, Connecticut’s insurance regulators decided to allow two carriers to boost their premiums for plans on the individual market in 2018 by an average of 31.7 percent for Anthem and 27.7 percent for ConnectiCare Benefit customers.

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Two Connecticut Insurers Stick With Exchange

by Christine Stuart | September 13, 2017 1:15pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — The two insurance carriers participating in Connecticut’s insurance exchange, Anthem and ConnectiCare Benefits, will participate in 2018, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

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September 11, 2017

Uncertainty Continues To Drive Healthcare Discussion

by Christine Stuart | September 11, 2017 4:51pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Republican President Donald Trump makes good on his promises so “he might” pull the plug on Obamacare subsidies.

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September 7, 2017

ANALYSIS | Is Overtreatment Really A Thing?

by Ellen Andrews | September 7, 2017 5:30am

There is a growing consensus in health policy circles that overtreatment is the source of all problems in our health care system. Like most common beliefs, there is some truth to it. For example, clinical research is clear that stents inserted into the arteries of people not having a heart attack do nothing to prevent heart attacks or extend life, even a little bit. But hundreds of thousands of Americans get stents inserted every year anyway.

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September 5, 2017

Dozens of Communities Consider Joining Opioid Lawsuit

by Cyrus dos Santos | September 5, 2017 5:30am

shutterstock WATERBURY, CT — Waterbury and possibly dozens of other Connecticut cities and towns are taking 11 pharmaceutical companies and three doctors to court for using deceptive practices in promoting opioids as a treatment for chronic pain.

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August 29, 2017

Connecticut Insurance Carriers Get 15 More Days To Decide

by Christine Stuart | August 29, 2017 3:17pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut officials are giving insurance carriers a little more time to decide whether they will participate in the Access Health CT marketplace in 2018.

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OP-ED | Despite What You’ve Heard, Obamacare and Medicaid Are Still At Risk

by Ellen Andrews | August 29, 2017 1:15pm


It’s been widely reported that Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are dead, but they couldn’t be more wrong.

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