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June 23, 2017

OP-ED | Protect Contraceptive Access in Connecticut

by Sarah Croucher | June 23, 2017 12:01am

In January, female legislators in Connecticut proposed bills that would protect copay-free access to birth control for insurance plans in our state.

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June 22, 2017

Yale Study Finds Indoor Tanning Ban For Minors Is Not Fool Proof

by Cara Rosner | June 22, 2017 11:36am

Wikipedia In states where minors are banned from using indoor tanning facilities, like Connecticut, young people are still accessing the services, a new study has found.

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June 20, 2017

Attorneys Take Social Services Department Back to Court

by Christine Stuart | June 20, 2017 5:30am

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 16, 2017

OP-ED | Rent Seeking In The Capitol: Paranoia About The Optometry App

by Terry Cowgill | June 16, 2017 5:30am

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Smack in the middle of a towering state budget crisis, and as the General Assembly goes into special session to deal with it, it might seem very small of a Connecticut political columnist to devote time and space to a segment of the business community that’s afraid of competition, but here goes anyway.

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June 13, 2017

DSS Wait Times Increase To 54 Minutes

by Christine Stuart | June 13, 2017 11:59am

HARTFORD, CT — The training of 860 Department of Social Service eligibility workers has increased telephone wait times for low-income residents seeking benefits from the state to an average of 54 minutes.

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June 12, 2017

OP-ED | Modest Funding For Independent Living Centers Is Smart State Budgeting

by Daria Smith | June 12, 2017 10:00pm

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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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Three More Medical Conditions May Be Added To Medical Marijuana Program

by Christine Stuart | June 12, 2017 11:07am

istock HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut is on its way to adding three more medical conditions to the list of those already eligible for medical marijuana.

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June 9, 2017

Malloy Signs Bill to Further Limit Opioid Prescriptions for Minors

by Jack Kramer | June 9, 2017 12:40pm

shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday night signed a bill that has, as a key component, reducing the maximum opioid drug prescription for minors from seven to five days.

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OP-ED | Ray Dalio Wakes to Smell the Coffee: When Algorithms Don’t Tell the Whole Story

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 9, 2017 7:59am

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Ray Dalio, chairman and chief investment officer of Westport hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, appears to have belatedly woken up and smelled the coffee — expressing concern about President Trump’s propensity to seek conflict rather than cooperation.

This marks a change from a month after the election, when Dalio appeared encouraged by aspects of the Trump presidency:

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June 5, 2017

Marijuana Legalization Hits Speed Bump

by Jack Kramer | June 5, 2017 11:27am

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — An attempt to call a revised, bipartisan recreational marijuana amendment for a vote in the House hit a bump in the road Monday when the lead House Republican said her Democratic counterparts crafted the amendment without her input.

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