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September 20, 2018

Kennedy Assists Lamont With Opioid Epidemic

by Christine Stuart | Sep 20, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Election 2018 | Health Care | Insurance | Housing | Public Health | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont was joined on the campaign trail Wednesday by Patrick Kennedy, the former Rhode Island Congressman and CEO of the behavioral health nonprofit Kennedy Forum.

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September 18, 2018

Health Workers In Connecticut Prisons Call Attention To ‘Dangerously’ Low Staffing Levels

by Christine Stuart | Sep 18, 2018 3:05pm
Posted to: Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Public Health | Public Safety

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HARTFORD, CT — Nurses, social workers, and other medical staff in Connecticut’s Department of Corrections huddled under a tent in the pouring rain Tuesday to bring attention to what they say are unsafe staffing levels.

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September 14, 2018

On The Issue of Pre-Existing Coverage There’s Common Ground

by Christine Stuart | Sep 14, 2018 4:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance | State Budget

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NEW HAVEN, CT — Connecticut has passed a number of laws recently that mandate health insurance sold in the Nutmeg state must actually provide coverage for consumers.

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Report: Drug Overdose Deaths Hold Steady, But Fentanyl Use Is On The Rise

by Jack Kramer | Sep 14, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Congress | Federal Budget | Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT — The number of accidental drug overdose deaths in Connecticut is expected to exceed 1,000 by the end of the year, but a new report shows it seems to be leveling off instead of growing.

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September 13, 2018

Insurance Commissioner Knocks Down Rate Hikes, Reduces Rates On Some Plans

by Christine Stuart | Sep 13, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

HARTFORD, CT — Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade reduced the average rate increases proposed by two private health insurance companies from 12.3 percent to 2.72 percent Thursday.

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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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September 6, 2018

Connecticut Regulators To Weigh CVS-Aetna Merger

by Christine Stuart | Sep 6, 2018 11:08am
Posted to: Business | Health Care | Insurance | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut Insurance Department regulators will get a chance to weigh in next month on CVS Health’s intention to acquire Hartford-based Aetna for $70 billion.

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September 5, 2018

Public Continues To Weigh In On Cost

by Christine Stuart | Sep 5, 2018 3:34pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — A South Windsor lawmaker told executives from two health insurance companies Wednesday that if they want to keep customers then they can’t keep proposing double digit or near double digit rate increases.

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September 4, 2018

Health Officials Warn Fentanyl Misuse Is On The Rise

by Christine Stuart | Sep 4, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Health Care

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HARTFORD, CT — There’s a new trend within the opioid epidemic and it’s making patients sicker and harder to treat.

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Health Insurance Rate Hike Hearing Wednesday

by Christine Stuart | Sep 4, 2018 11:39am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

HARTFORD, CT — The public will get a chance to weigh in Wednesday on the proposed health insurance rate hikes for plans both on and off Connecticut’s exchange.

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