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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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January 5, 2018

Lawmakers Aren’t Moved By Malloy Veto Threat

by Christine Stuart | Jan 5, 2018 2:33pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Special Session

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has been careful during his first seven years in office never to say he would veto something before it’s on his desk, told legislative leaders Friday that he would veto their proposal to increase benefits for the Medicare Savings Program.

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January 4, 2018

OP-ED | Reckless Predictions for 2018

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 4, 2018 5:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Election 2018 | Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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It’s going to be another wild one, what with an open-seat governor’s race, the ongoing scary-clown circus of Washington, a sure-to-be contentious legislative session, even more financial free-fall, and and the midterm elections all coming up. You’re ready, right?

Right?

Well, I’m ready. And to prove it, here are some of the ways I think it’s all going to turn out.

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Legislative Leaders Say Thanks, But No Thanks To Malloy

by Christine Stuart | Jan 4, 2018 3:06pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Special Session

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative leaders from both parties were grateful, but not interested in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s offer to extend benefits to the Medicare Savings Program until July.

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January 2, 2018

Health Insurance Enrollment Numbers Not Expected Until Next Week

by Christine Stuart | Jan 2, 2018 12:15pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s insurance exchange, Access Health CT, stayed open longer than the federal exchange, but it won’t report its final enrollment numbers until Jan. 8.

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December 29, 2017

Husky B Extended Until Feb. 28

by Christine Stuart | Dec 29, 2017 3:48pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Insurance

HARTFORD, CT — The Department of Social Services announced Friday that due to a small amount of federal funding it is able to extend coverage for 17,000 children enrolled in Husky B until Feb. 28, 2018.

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