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January 17, 2019

Enrollment in Access Health Dips By Over 3,000

by Christine Stuart | Jan 17, 2019 11:16am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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EAST HARTFORD, CT — Enrollment in Connecticut’s health exchange dropped this year to 111,066 enrollees, which is 3,068 fewer enrollees than last year.

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January 11, 2019

Access Health CT Still Accepting Applications

by Jack Kramer | Jan 11, 2019 4:04pm
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

Courtesy of C-HIT

HARTFORD—With the clock ticking, Access Health CT’s latest statistics show they are closing in on last year’s numbers.

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January 10, 2019

Blumenthal Backs Bills to Lower Drug Prices

by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2019 5:02pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance

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WASHINGTON — In a prelude to the 2020 presidential campaign, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker — joined by Richard Blumenthal — challenged President Donald Trump on one of his key campaign issues of 2016, urging the president to support legislation they introduced this week to lower the cost of prescription medications across the nation.

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Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Answers About Rides To Doctors

by Christine Stuart | Jan 10, 2019 11:30am
Posted to: Health Care | Public Health | Disability Care | Elderly Care | Poverty | Norwalk | Thomaston

Connecticut's NEMT website

HARTFORD, CT —  Six Medicaid recipients filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against the state Department of Social Services for failing to provide them with timely transportation to their doctor appointments.

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January 9, 2019

Clergy Call On Lamont To Focus On Health Care

by Christine Stuart | Jan 9, 2019 11:46am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — When Dan Malloy was elected governor in 2010 the faith community had hoped he would implement a public insurance option, but the fiscal realities made it impossible.

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January 3, 2019

ANALYSIS | Public Health Has A Free Rider Problem

by Ellen Andrews | Jan 3, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Data | Consumer Protection | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | State Budget | Leisure & Hospital Sector

Public health is the best deal on the planet. It’s how residents of other countries live longer, healthier lives than Americans at half the cost. But Connecticut expects our under-funded public health system to solve this intractable health problem while all the savings go to the inefficient healthcare system that created the problem.

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December 17, 2018

What Happens In Connecticut If the ACA Ruling Is Upheld?

by Christine Stuart | Dec 17, 2018 4:59pm
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | Election 2018 | Health Care | Insurance | Public Health

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HARTFORD, CT —  If the ruling striking down all of the Affordable Care Act by a Texas judge is upheld, some Connecticut residents will be protected from the elimination of the popular clause requiring health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.

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Women Propose Paid FMLA, Increase in Minimum Wage, Free Community College

by Christine Stuart | Dec 17, 2018 12:32pm
Posted to: The Economy | Education | Election 2018 | Health Care | Jobs | Labor | Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT — The students at Grace Academy, an interfaith, tuition-free middle school for girls, had some tough questions for Lt. Gov.-elect Susan Bysiewicz and the 19-member transition subcommittee focused on women’s issues.

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December 15, 2018

Access Health Extends Enrollment Deadline to January

by Christine Stuart | Dec 15, 2018 9:46am
Posted to: Health Care | Insurance

HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 1:20 p.m.)Today was supposed to be the last day to purchase health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, but according to an internal memo sent to brokers by Access Health CT, Connecticut is extending the deadline to Jan. 15.

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December 14, 2018

Christian Health Sharing Provides An Alternative To Health Insurance

by Christine Stuart | Dec 14, 2018 2:00pm
Posted to: Health Care

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It’s not insurance, but it’s increasingly becoming an option for families struggling to pay their monthly insurance premiums with traditional insurance plans.

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