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December 6, 2017

Lembo Seeks To Block Use of ‘Expensive Specialty Drugs’

by Christine Stuart | Dec 6, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Corporate Watch | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Public Health | Public Safety

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — As the administrator of the state employees health insurance plan, State Comptroller Kevin Lembo is taking steps to try and block the use of “outrageously expensive specialty drugs.”

Lembo said a review of pharmacy practices confirmed that the vast majority of prescriptions dispensed by two Connecticut pharmacies through the state health plan are for drugs manufactured by just one single drug manufacturer, Horizon Pharma.

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November 30, 2017

Report Finds That Connecticut’s Housing Market Is Changing

by Christine Stuart | Nov 30, 2017 11:53am
Posted to: The Economy | Town News | Housing | Jobs

HARTFORD, CT — A new report on Connecticut’s housing market shows an increase in rental households and a decrease in chronic homelessness.

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November 28, 2017

Lawmakers Ponder Regulations For Healthcare Negotiations

by Christine Stuart | Nov 28, 2017 5:53pm
Posted to: Equality | Insurance | Jobs | Legal | Hartford | Windham

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Unable to pinpoint why healthcare providers and insurers couldn’t agree on how much to pay for medical care, legislators debated Tuesday whether the state needs to get involved in future negotiations between providers and insurers.

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November 22, 2017

Bond Commission Poised To Approve Over $1 Billion In Borrowing

by Christine Stuart | Nov 22, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Town News | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | Nonprofits | Public Health | State Budget | State Capitol

ctnewsjunkie photo HARTFORD, CT — One of the consequences of not having a budget for four months was an inability to put anything on the state’s credit card. Now that the state has a budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing $1.07 billion in bonding to be approved at a special meeting next week.

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November 20, 2017

Survey Finds Residents Believe Business Conditions Are Worsening

by Christine Stuart | Nov 20, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor | State Budget

Courtesy of InformCT HARTFORD, CT — A recent survey of 505 Connecticut residents found that respondents increasingly believe the overall business conditions in Connecticut are worsening, and nearly half expect that conditions will be about the same six months from now.

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November 17, 2017

Defense Authorization Bill Clears Congress

by Peter Urban | Nov 17, 2017 4:49pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manufacturing Sector

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The House and Senate this week sent a final version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to the President’s desk.

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Connecticut Loses Jobs In Three Out Of Last Four Months

by Christine Stuart | Nov 17, 2017 10:50am
Posted to: Business | The Economy | Jobs | Labor | State Budget

EtiAmmos via shutterstock Connecticut lost 6,600 jobs in October according to preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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November 16, 2017

Calls for Mediation Grow Stronger As Hartford Healthcare, Anthem Impasse Continues

by Christine Stuart | Nov 16, 2017 3:32pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | Jobs | Labor | Legal

Courtesy of Hartford Healthcare's home page HARTFORD, CT — Consumers, regulators, the governor, and the state in general are getting restless over the seven week impasse between Hartford Healthcare and Anthem Health Plans.

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November 13, 2017

Esty Sponsors Women in Aerospace Bill

by Peter Urban | Nov 13, 2017 2:08pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Equality | Jobs | Manufacturing | Manufacturing Sector | Workforce Development

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Representative Elizabeth Esty teamed up with California Republican Steve Knight last week on legislation aimed at attracting more girls to consider careers in the aerospace industry.

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Congress Nears Completion of Defense Bill

by Peter Urban | Nov 13, 2017 1:40pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security

Michael Candelori via Shutterstock Congress may complete work this week on its annual National Defense Authorization Act, which establishes a blue print for military spending over the fiscal year.

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