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July 18, 2017

Connecticut Prison Reform Efforts Featured On PBS Frontline Documentary ‘Life On Parole’ Tonight

by Jack Kramer | July 18, 2017 5:29am

PBS Frontline / CPTV HARTFORD, CT — Life On Parole, a documentary that takes an inside look at Connecticut’s efforts to change the parole system and reduce the number of people returning to prison, will air on CPTV at 10 p.m. tonight.

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July 14, 2017

Blumenthal Continues Healthcare Education, Fight Against Republican Proposal

by Christine Stuart | July 14, 2017 1:46pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie MERIDEN, CT— No one was able to say exactly how much the Community Health Center of Meriden would lose if the U.S. Senate passes the latest version of its healthcare bill, but there’s no doubt it would have an impact.

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June 27, 2017

OP-ED | Increase Revenue To Save Medicaid And Other Basic Services For People With Disabilities

by Lisa Abbey-James | June 27, 2017 11:00pm

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I have severe disabilities, including brain injury and spinal cord injury, due to accidents in 1985 and 1992. I write to object to the willingness of some in the legislature to consider raising revenue to balance the state budget but ONLY to save municipalities from cuts, and NOT to prevent further shredding of the safety net for people like me.

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June 26, 2017

Blumenthal Vows To Slow Down Health Care Bill With Amendments

by Jack Kramer | June 26, 2017 12:15pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT— Calling it “grotesquely cruel,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal Monday said he would introduce several amendments on the Senate floor to try and block the Republican health care bill from passing.

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June 23, 2017

OP-ED | Middle Class, Middle Aged, and Mad

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 23, 2017 8:00am

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I’m a hard-working, middle-aged, middle-class American, and I’m tired and angry.

I’m self-employed, and have several pre-existing health conditions, one of which involves mental health. I choose to be open about that in order to help the young people I write for, by showing them that you can have a diagnosed condition and still lead a productive and successful life with the right medication and treatment — if, and this is becoming an increasingly big if — you have insurance and can afford the co-pays.

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June 20, 2017

Health Providers Tell Lawmakers To Avoid Austerity and Expand Sales Tax Base

by Christine Stuart | June 20, 2017 1:32pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Providers of mostly health services came to the Legislative Office Building Tuesday to implore lawmakers to avoid austerity by broadening the sales tax base.

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Attorneys Take Social Services Department Back to Court

by Christine Stuart | June 20, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 9:30 a.m.) Last week attorneys in a class action lawsuit asked the court to extend the consent decree with the Department of Social Services for two more years because they say the state is again falling behind in processing Medicaid applications.

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June 19, 2017

Blumenthal Gathers Healthcare Stories To Take To Washington

by Christine Stuart | June 19, 2017 11:50am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Nearly 50 Connecticut residents signed up to tell U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to do what he can to protect the Affordable Care Act because the consequences of the American Health Care Act are cruel.

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June 12, 2017

OP-ED | Modest Funding For Independent Living Centers Is Smart State Budgeting

by Daria Smith | June 12, 2017 10:00pm

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A young mother, partially paralyzed in a car crash, was living in a nursing facility and dependent on the state to pay thousands of dollars in support each month. With the help of an independent living centers, she was able to find an apartment that suited her needs and gain the necessary skills to live there on her own. Today, she is living in her own home, working at a local store, and caring for her child.

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May 22, 2017

Union Framework Released, But No Final Deal

by Christine Stuart | May 22, 2017 4:23pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT— Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state labor unions are close to reaching a five-year deal that would freeze wages over the next three years, require employees to contribute more to their pension and healthcare benefits, and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees.

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