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March 28, 2018

OP-ED | Converting State Human Service Programs To Community-based Saves Money & Quality Care

by Gian-Carl Casa | Mar 28, 2018 4:30am
Posted to: Opinion | Member Opinion | Nonprofits | Public Health | Disability Care | Elderly Care | State Budget

As Connecticut struggles with state budget problems, the leaders of community nonprofits say the State can provide necessary and essential services at a lower cost by converting more state human services programs to community-based services.

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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 5:29am
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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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 10:00pm
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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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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