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February 16, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Senate Immigration Proposals Flounder; Florida Shooting Draws Outrage

by Peter Urban | Feb 16, 2018 8:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | New Britain | Mental Health Care

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WASHINGTON — The Senate this week failed to reach agreement on immigration reform, leaving in doubt the future for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and could face deportation.

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February 12, 2018

Guilford Mom Gets Trump’s Attention On Opioid Crisis

by Jack Kramer | Feb 12, 2018 12:13pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health | White House | Guilford


NEW YORK, NY — A Guilford mother who lost her son to a drug overdose and has been one of Connecticut’s leading spokespeople in the fight against the epidemic made an emotional plea on national television Monday for more focus on the crisis that killed over 1,000 people in Connecticut in 2017.

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January 15, 2018

Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor

by Christine Stuart | Jan 15, 2018 6:29am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Federal Budget | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Labor | Legal | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | Transportation

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(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.

She’s not the only one.

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September 21, 2017

ANALYSIS | Connecticut’s Uninsured Rate Still Dropping, But Congress May Unravel Progress

by Ellen Andrews | Sep 21, 2017 7:21pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | State Budget | White House


In good news, U.S. Census data finds that Connecticut’s uninsured rate continues to drop. Last year 4.9 percent of Connecticut residents didn’t have coverage. While that’s still 179,000 people and far too high, it is down by almost half from 2013. The bad news is that all that progress is at risk with a vote in Congress next week. Despite what you’ve heard, efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid are alive and well.

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OP-ED | The Bridgeport Casino Plan is for Suckers

by Susan Bigelow | Sep 21, 2017 5:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Gaming | Jobs | Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | Tribes | Bridgeport | Mental Health Care

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I feel like I keep making the same argument over and over. No, a casino won’t save your town. No, casinos don’t do much for local businesses. Yes, the casino companies are promising things they can’t possibly deliver. And yet people keep falling for it.

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GOP Pushing Obamacare Repeal; Graham-Cassidy Would Hit Connecticut Hard

by Peter Urban | Sep 21, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance

Courtesy of C-SPAN 2 WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday he is “deeply concerned” Senate Republicans will rush ahead next week with legislation replacing the Affordable Care Act with an alternative plan that will do far greater harm to the nation’s health care system than earlier GOP proposals.

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August 16, 2017

Yale: Opioid Addiction Treatment In ED Is Cost-Effective

by Cara Rosner | Aug 16, 2017 12:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care

Courtesy of the Yale School of Medicine website As the opioid epidemic deepens, Yale researchers say starting treatment with medication is the most cost-effective way to treat patients in hospital emergency departments.

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July 18, 2017

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

by Jack Kramer | Jul 18, 2017 5:29am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Jobs | Law Enforcement | Poverty | Public Safety | State Budget | Criminal Justice | Mental Health Care | Workforce Development

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 | Jul 14, 2017 1:46pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Jobs

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 | Jun 27, 2017 11:00pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | State Budget | Taxes

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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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