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September 12, 2018

Attorney General: State Employees Took $10.9M In Taxpayer Money In Drug Kickback Scheme

by Christine Stuart | Sep 12, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Health Care | Insurance | Legal | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — Three years ago, when state Comptroller Kevin Lembo saw the cost of compound pharmaceuticals skyrocketing, he alerted Attorney General George Jepsen whose office filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a former Correction officer, his ex-wife, 11 other state employees, and a Florida-based company at the center of an alleged pyramid scheme.

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August 16, 2018

Murphy, DeLauro Oppose Dropping ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule for Higher Ed Funds

by Peter Urban | Aug 16, 2018 9:01pm
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Education

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro this week spoke out against a Trump administration proposal to repeal an Obama-era rule aimed at ensuring for-profit colleges don’t saddle students with massive debt for degrees that offer meager earning potential.

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August 3, 2018

Senate Approves Crumbling Foundation Survey

by Peter Urban | Aug 3, 2018 2:00pm
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Housing

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WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office will outline regulatory and legislative actions Congress could take to help mitigate the cost of crumbling foundations in Connecticut under legislation approved this week in the Senate.

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July 9, 2018

Connecticut Senators Will Vote ‘No’ On Kavanaugh

by Christine Stuart | Jul 9, 2018 11:07pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Courts | DC News Junkie | Equality | White House

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HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy tweeted that they won’t be voting in favor of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

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July 5, 2018

Connecticut Joins Effort to Combat Opioid Abuse

by Jack Kramer | Jul 5, 2018 12:18pm
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Health Care | Public Health

HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut is one of the first two states to join a new effort to combat the opioid crisis by educating people about online pharmacies and how to dispose of prescription drugs.

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June 29, 2018

SCOTUS Term Ends Big

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:15am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Immigration | Labor | National Security | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term this week with a bang as Justice Anthony Kennedy — known as a swing vote between the four conservative and four liberal justices — announced his retirement.

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June 19, 2018

Murphy Continues To Make A Case for Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions

by Christine Stuart | Jun 19, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | Equality | Health Care | Insurance | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — Jonathan Miller, a cystic fibrosis patient who has benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, can’t believe he continues to have to defend it.

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June 15, 2018

Larson Concerned Facebook Seeks Social Security Data

by Peter Urban | Jun 15, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Legal | Privacy | Social Security

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New rules that Facebook has adopted regarding political ad buys have raised concerns within the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee where John Larson is the ranking Democrat.

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June 13, 2018

Democrats Test Message on Healthcare In Floor Speeches

by Jack Kramer | Jun 13, 2018 5:46pm
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Health Care | Insurance | White House

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and a group of Democratic senators took over the Senate floor Wednesday to send a warning that huge increases in insurance premiums are underway across the country.

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June 8, 2018

Social Security Fix Divides Congress

by Peter Urban | Jun 8, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Social Security | White House

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The Board of Trustees for the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds released their annual reports this week once again reminding Congress that time is running out on maintaining Social Security as we know it. Without action, the trust funds will deplete forcing a 21 percent across the board cut to beneficiaries in 2034.

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