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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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November 17, 2016

Access Health CT Reports Faster Pace of Enrollment This Year

by Jack Kramer | November 17, 2016 3:45pm

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HARTFORD, CT — State officials seem to be having some success in urging Connecticut residents in need of health insurance not to wait to sign up.

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Connecticut’s Gun Removal Law Likely Prevented Dozens of Suicides

by Christine Stuart | November 17, 2016 9:59am

Christine Stuart photo HARTFORD, CT — According to a study by researchers at Duke, Yale, and the University of Connecticut, dozens of suicides have likely been prevented by a law that was passed following the mass shooting at the Connecticut Lottery in 1998 allowing police to temporarily remove guns from potentially violent or suicidal people.

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October 24, 2016

Murphy Touts Legislation That Puts Teeth In Mental Health Parity

by Christine Stuart | October 24, 2016 1:38pm

Christine Stuart photo HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said insurance companies are circumventing the 1996 mental health parity law by erecting “bureaucratic hurdles” for patients who want to access the coverage that’s in their insurance plan.

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August 23, 2016

Children’s Center In Hamden To Pilot Recovery High School Class

by Jack Kramer | August 23, 2016 11:00am

Jack Kramer photo Frustrated by what they see as a lack of urgency by officials and motivated by a film that tracked a recovery high school in Houston, two administrators at a Hamden children’s facility are hoping to start a “pilot’’ recovery class.

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August 3, 2016

Inpatient Clinic for Eating Disorders Opens at Rockville General

by Cara Rosner | August 3, 2016 4:30am

Courtesy of ECHN Eastern Connecticut Hospital Network has partnered with a Massachusetts psychiatric hospital to open an inpatient clinic at Rockville General Hospital devoted solely to treating eating disorders.

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June 23, 2016

Blumenthal: Feds Should Deny Both ‘Mega-Mergers’

by Christine Stuart | June 23, 2016 4:30am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Without addressing recent conflict-of-interest allegations against state insurance regulators, Connecticut’s senior senator wrote Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice should deny the mergers of Aetna with Humana and Anthem with Cigna.

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