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June 26, 2017

Blumenthal Vows To Slow Down Health Care Bill With Amendments

by Jack Kramer | Jun 26, 2017 11:15am
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance

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 | Jun 23, 2017 7:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Campaign Finance | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion

REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque
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 | Jun 20, 2017 12:32pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | State Budget | Special Session | Taxes | State Capitol

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 | Jun 20, 2017 4:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Equality | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Legal | Public Health | Poverty

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 | Jun 19, 2017 10:50am
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Jobs

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 | Jun 12, 2017 9:00pm
Posted to: Aging | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Disability Care | State Budget

Connecticut State Independent Living Council photo

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 3:23pm
Posted to: The Economy | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Labor | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes | State Capitol

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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May 16, 2017

Dems Look To Marijuana, Gaming & Tolls To Fill Budget Hole; GOP Wants More Labor Savings

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2017 3:05pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Public Health | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transportation

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Legislative Democratic leaders put forward a budget proposal Tuesday that legalizes marijuana, expands casino gaming, creates a paid Family and Medical Leave system, and reduces funding for Connecticut’s clean election system.

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May 6, 2017

OP-ED | ‘Faith’ With No Action Is Dead; House GOP’s Morally Bankrupt Healthcare Vote

by Sarah Darer Littman | May 6, 2017 7:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Ethics | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion

Screengrab from Twitter
I say this as a person of faith myself — it’s no wonder that a lot of highly moral people look skeptically at religion these days. Why wouldn’t they?

We’ve just seen House Speaker Paul Ryan ask Republicans to “pray” for the passage of a bill that will take away health insurance from 24 million Americans (possibly more), remove strong protections for pre-existing conditions, cut Medicaid, take us back to the awful days of expensive state-run, high-risk pools, and put a per capita cap on support for Special Education students.

Oh, and surprise, there’s also a tax cut in there for the wealthiest Americans.

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May 5, 2017

House Republicans Approve Repeal And Replace Of Obamacare

by Peter Urban | May 5, 2017 4:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | 2nd CD | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Military Spending | National Security | Public Safety | White House

peter urban / dc news junkie House Republicans this week narrowly approved a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, drawing harsh criticism from Democrats who claim the alternative will jeopardize coverage for millions of Americans receiving health insurance under Obamacare.

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