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April 21, 2016

Clinton Talks Comprehensive Gun Safety Reform In Hartford’s North End

by Christine Stuart | April 21, 2016 1:43pm

Christine Stuart photo Only three percent of likely Democratic primary voters told the Quinnipiac University poll last week that gun policy was the “most important issue in deciding who to support” — the economy, income inequality, and health care were the only issues to poll in the double digits.

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March 23, 2016

Health Care Advocates Push For Greater Scrutiny Of Cigna-Anthem Merger Plan

by Steve Majerus-Collins | March 23, 2016 1:00pm

shutterstock A new coalition of groups opposed to the proposed $54 billion merger of Anthem with Bloomfield-based Cigna called Wednesday for state regulators to ensure as much public scrutiny of the deal as possible.

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March 21, 2016

OP-ED | Looming Health Care Crisis Can Be Avoided by Restoring Funds to Community Health Centers

by Mollie Melbourne | March 21, 2016 5:15pm

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There is a brewing health care crisis in Connecticut, and it involves the state’s poorest and most vulnerable population of people. The good news is there is still time to solve it.

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February 29, 2016

First Responders, Lawmakers Urge Coverage of PTSD Under Workers’ Comp

by Christine Stuart | February 29, 2016 3:25pm

Christine Stuart photo (Updated 4:48 p.m.) A group of lawmakers, union leaders, and police officers gathered Monday to call for passage of legislation that would allow a first responder an opportunity to make a workers’ compensation claim if they witness a death or maiming.

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February 21, 2016

OP-ED | Connecting Dots Between the Heroin Epidemic and Campaign Donations

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 21, 2016 12:00pm

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Deaths from heroin and opioids increased again in Connecticut last year, and suddenly everyone’s talking about it. Press releases on the topic went out last week from five of Connecticut’s seven Congressional delegates (Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Reps. John Larson, Rosa DeLauro, and Joe Courtney).

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February 19, 2016

Malloy Listens To Public Complain About His Budget Cuts

by Christine Stuart | February 19, 2016 1:37am

Christine Stuart photo Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sat quietly with his budget director, security detail, and other staff members Thursday listening as hundreds lined up to testify against his budget cuts.

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February 16, 2016

State Launches Pay For Success Initiative To Help Families With Drug Problems

by Steve Majerus-Collins | February 16, 2016 5:40pm

STEVE MAJERUS-COLLINS / CTNewsJunkie The state is launching a $12.5 million public-private initiative to help parents overcome substance abuse problems that often rip families apart and land children in foster care.

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December 30, 2015

New Laws to Take Effect Friday

by Christine Stuart | December 30, 2015 6:30am

Mental health parity for insurance policies, a new certification for local Registrars of Voters, new disclosure requirements for generic drugs, police body camera regulations, and various tax changes are just a few of the new laws that will go into effect Friday, Jan. 1.

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December 16, 2015

New England Governors Write Congress And Urge Action on Bill To Curb Opioid Addiction

by Christine Stuart | December 16, 2015 6:30am

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the governors of five New England states sent a letter to Congressional leaders Tuesday urging them to give medical professionals the ability to prescribe medication for opiate addiction.

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December 9, 2015

National Report Shows Connecticut Continues To Invest In Mental Health

by Christine Stuart | December 9, 2015 2:36pm

A new national survey found that three years after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School only 11 states have steadily increased funding for mental health care.

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