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March 13, 2019

Actor Helps Lobby For Aid-In-Dying Legislation

by Christine Stuart | Mar 13, 2019 6:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — Actor James Naughton, whose wife died from pancreatic cancer in 2013, was surprised to learn that aid-in-dying legislation has never made it out of the Public Health Committee in Connecticut.

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March 5, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Work To Strengthen Mental Health Parity

by Christine Stuart | Mar 5, 2019 7:01pm
Posted to: Insurance | Mental Health Care

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s been almost a decade since the federal mental health parity bill was signed into law, but advocates say more needs to be done to ensure those with mental health or substance use disorders are being treated equally for their conditions.

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February 22, 2019

Lamont Takes Steps To Address Opioid Epidemic

by Christine Stuart | Feb 22, 2019 3:57pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Law Enforcement

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HARTFORD, CT — It didn’t receive much attention Wednesday, but Gov. Ned Lamont made two proposals during his budget address that he’s hoping will reduce opioid deaths.

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February 19, 2019

Healthcare Forum: Would A Public Option Help Connecticut?

by CTNewsJunkie | Feb 19, 2019 12:31am
Posted to: Analysis | Events | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Public Health | State Capitol | Hartford

This is the second CTNewsJunkie policy forum to bring together policymakers and experts to explore potential policy benefits and risks.

Join us Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the state Capitol. We have reserved Room 310 in the state Capitol building, and while CTNewsJunkie members will have the option to reserve seats up front, all are welcome.

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December 3, 2018

ANALYSIS | Clinic Plan Could Hit State Budget, Raise Patient Costs, Increase Barriers to Access

by Ellen Andrews | Dec 3, 2018 11:41am
Posted to: Analysis | Corporate Watch | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | State Budget | New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, CT — Last week the state Office of Health Strategy held a public hearing on a plan to transfer 28,500 mostly Medicaid patients, now served by three Yale-New Haven (YNHH) neighborhood primary care clinics, to a new site on Long Wharf.

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November 29, 2018

OP-ED | Concerns over Teen Vaping on the Rise

by Barth Keck | Nov 29, 2018 5:59am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Education | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | Milford | Old Saybrook

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Smokin’ in the boys’ room has a whole new meaning in schools these days — and it’s no laughing matter.

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October 4, 2018

OP-ED | Kavanaugh Hearings: Show Business Posing As Politics

by Barth Keck | Oct 4, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | DC News Junkie | Entertainment | Media Matters | Opinion | White House | Mental Health Care | Pop culture

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As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified last week in the U.S. Senate, I was struck by the overwrought drama of the process.

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August 2, 2018

Blumenthal Tours Health Centers To Warn of ‘Short Term’ Insurance Plans

by Christine Stuart | Aug 2, 2018 1:32pm
Posted to: Health Care | Mental Health Care | Insurance

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HARTFORD, CT — The Trump administration issued a final rule on short-term health insurance plans Wednesday and it’s unclear if the state will step in to beef them up or ban them altogether.

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June 22, 2018

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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