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June 22, 2018

Connecticut’s Neighbor Is On The Verge of Paid Family Medical Leave

by Christine Stuart | Jun 22, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Business | Child Welfare | Health Care | Insurance | Jobs

HARTFORD, CT — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, has signaled he’s open to signing legislation that would create a 12-week paid family leave and 20-week paid medical leave program.

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House Approves Larson’s COMPASS Act

by Peter Urban | Jun 22, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | 1st CD | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Health | Public Safety

The House this week approved legislation aimed at avoiding over-prescribing of opioid painkillers to Medicare beneficiaries along with a handful of other bills seeking to address the broader opioid-abuse crisis in the United States.

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June 19, 2018

Enfield Tries New Strategy To Battle Opioid Epidemic

by Jack Kramer | Jun 19, 2018 12:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Enfield | Manchester

Courtesy of the department's Facebook page

ENFIELD, CT — Many ideas have been tried to stem the drug crisis that took more than 1,000 lives in Connecticut in 2017. The latest is an innovative version of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” being tried in the town of Enfield.

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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 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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Connecticut Takes Small Step Toward Supporting Maternal Mortality Review

by Christine Stuart | Jun 13, 2018 11:46am
Posted to: Health Care | Public Health | State Budget

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control

HARTFORD, CT — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 700 women in the United States die each year as a result of pregnancy or pregnancy-related complications, and the rate has more than doubled since 1987. Pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births rose from 7.2 nationally in 1987 to 17.3 in 2013, peaking at 17.8 in 2009 and 2011.

In Connecticut, there were eight pregnancy-related deaths from 2011 to 2014. But there’s no data available yet for the years since 2014 and at the moment there are precious few dollars devoted to accessing it.

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June 1, 2018

Malloy Vetoes One, Allows One To Become Law Without His Signature

by Christine Stuart | Jun 1, 2018 5:26pm
Posted to: Education | Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed bill that would have limited his executive authority and allowed one to become law without his signature Friday.

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Survey Disputes Puerto Rico’s Official Death Toll for Hurricane Maria

by Peter Urban | Jun 1, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Equality | Health Care | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Weather | White House

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A study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine claims officials in Puerto Rico dramatically downplayed the death toll from Hurricane Maria.

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May 25, 2018

Auditors Discover ‘Conflict of Interest’, Overpayments at UConn Health

by Christine Stuart | May 25, 2018 1:49pm
Posted to: Education | Health Care | State Budget | Pensions | Transparency | Farmington

Courtesy of the UConn Health website

HARTFORD, CT — The University of Connecticut Health Center increased the salaries of employees who approved a consulting contract for the interim head of the center, rehired retired employees, and paid employees more than they should have been compensated under their contracts, according to the Auditors of Public Accounts.

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May 24, 2018

Health Insurance Premiums Are On The Rise

by Christine Stuart | May 24, 2018 11:37am
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Insurance

HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut’s health insurance rates for 2019 won’t be submitted until July, but they are likely to increase based on the most recent data from Washington.

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