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May 22, 2018

ANALYSIS | Healthcare Questions for Connecticut’s Next Governor

by Ellen Andrews | May 22, 2018 10:15am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election 2018 | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Health | Poverty

How will Connecticut’s next governor fix the state’s healthcare system?

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May 18, 2018

OP-ED | Lawmakers Salivating Over The Prospect Of Sports ‘Gaming’

by Terry Cowgill | May 18, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Civil Liberties | Courts | Gaming | Opinion | Public Health | State Budget | Taxes | Transportation | Mental Health Care

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Talking about letting the cat out of the bag. The decision on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court, striking down a 26-year-old law that essentially banned sports betting in America, has sent shockwaves across the gambling industry.

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May 11, 2018

ANALYSIS | Legislative Triage: The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Session

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 9:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs

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HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.

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April 26, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Murphy Backs Opioid Bill

by Peter Urban | Apr 26, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health | Public Safety

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy on Tuesday joined other members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of sweeping legislation aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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House Sends Health Benefits Bill To Senate

by Christine Stuart | Apr 26, 2018 12:42am
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT—The House passed a bill Thursday morning that ensures 10 “essential health benefits” will continued to be covered in Connecticut even if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act.

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April 24, 2018

ANALYSIS | What Does It Take To Stop Repeating A Bad Idea?

by Ellen Andrews | Apr 24, 2018 12:15pm
Posted to: Analysis | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Nonprofits | Public Health | Poverty | State Budget

Albert Einstein believed the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. Unfortunately, Connecticut policymakers haven’t learned this lesson.

Provider financial risk is a bad idea that has failed both in our state and nationally. Despite this, our ironically-named State Innovation Model (SIM) office is trying again to force it on Connecticut’s struggling health system. Their new twist on the bad idea, to impose it on primary preventive care, is even more dangerous.

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April 12, 2018

Lawmakers Work To Get Drug Pricing, Mental Health Parity Over Finish Line

by Christine Stuart | Apr 12, 2018 2:16pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT —With 20 working days left in the legislative session, lawmakers are making a big push for legislation that would improve mental health parity and make drug prices more transparent.

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March 30, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Esty Issues Apology; Blumenthal Opposes VA Privatization

by Christine Stuart and Peter Urban | Mar 30, 2018 1:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Iraq at Home | Public Health | Veterans Affairs | Newington | West Haven

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U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued an apology Thursday for failing to act sooner in 2016 when Tony Baker, her former chief of staff, was accused of harassing, threatening, and punching a female former staffer, Hearst reported Thursday.

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March 8, 2018

Police Seek Exemption From Gun Law For Mental Health Treatment

by Christine Stuart | Mar 8, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Jobs | Law Enforcement | Mental Health Care

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HARTFORD, CT — Four. That’s the number of police officers in Connecticut who have taken their own lives over the past seven months.

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February 23, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Florida School Shooting Puts Sandy Hook Back In Spotlight

by Peter Urban | Feb 23, 2018 6:31am
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Education | Election 2018 | Environment | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Elderly Care | Public Safety | White House | Newtown | Energy Sector

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The mass shooting at a high school in Florida has renewed calls for government action against gun violence and once again put a spotlight on families who lost children five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Two of them — Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden — were at the White House this week participating in a “listening session” that President Donald Trump held to learn from those who have lived through such tragedies.

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