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January 15, 2017

Hundreds Rally To Save ACA In Hartford

by Christine Stuart | January 15, 2017 3:16pm

Christine Stuart / CTNewsJunkie HARTFORD, CT — Young and old braved the chilly temperatures Sunday to rally against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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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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OP-ED | When Obamacare is Repealed, What Should Connecticut Do?

by Susan Bigelow | January 13, 2017 9:00am

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In the middle of the night on Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted to take the first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month. Connecticut must be ready to step in when the law finally dies.

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Guilford Mom Shines Spotlight On Opioid Epidemic

by Jack Kramer | January 13, 2017 5:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo GUILFORD, CT — Sue Kruczek didn’t know that when she began talking a year ago about how her son died of a drug overdose at the age of 20 that she would become one of the go to spokespeople on the opioid epidemic plaguing the state of Connecticut.

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January 3, 2017

Directive Causes Flap Over Counseling Methods Amidst Opioid Epidemic Rescinded

by Jack Kramer | January 3, 2017 11:30am

Christine Stuart file photo HARTFORD, CT – A controversial directive stating that alcohol and drug counselors (LADCs) are only permitted to treat abuse disorders, even when a patient has a co-occurring behavioral health diagnosis, was rescinded late last week.

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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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December 7, 2016

Senate Sends Mental Health, Medical Innovation Bill To President

by Jack Kramer | December 7, 2016 5:29pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mental Health Reform Act, which includes $1 billion in emergency funding to address the opioid and heroin crisis, and increased investments in cancer treatment and medical research, passed the U.S. Senate 94-5 Wednesday.

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December 1, 2016

Advocates Say The Time For A Recovery School Pilot Is Now

by Jack Kramer | December 1, 2016 12:00pm

Jack Kramer photo HARTFORD, CT -  Proponents of funding a recovery high school in Connecticut are setting a goal of launching some sort of pilot program in time for the start of the 2017 school year.

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Mental Health, Medical Innovation Bill Clears First Congressional Hurdle

by Jack Kramer | December 1, 2016 11:44am

Screengrab courtesy of C-SPAN After overwhelming, bipartisan approval Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives, a mental health reform bill which includes $1 billion to combat the opioid addiction crisis in the country, is headed for a Senate vote next week.

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November 29, 2016

Mental Health Reform Will Be Part of Lame Duck Session

by Christine Stuart | November 29, 2016 5:29am

Christine Stuart photo EAST HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Monday that Congress has reached a tentative deal to move forward with parts of his Mental Health Reform Act and a medical innovation bill during the upcoming lame duck session.

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