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Congress moved at the 11th hour to avert a government shutdown, but it’s only a short-term fix -- with a new budget deadline of Dec. 11. Access Health CT CEO James Wadleigh defended the operations of Connecticut’s health exchange to skeptical GOP lawmakers. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini’s plans to merge with Humana were also scrutinized by a House panel this week. Continue Reading →

Hospitals could face larger cut

St. Francis hospital

The governor cut $192 million in Medicaid funding for hospitals last month, but the actual hit to hospitals could end up being 25 percent higher. The state is holding back additional payments that weren’t part of the cost-saving measure, and the governor’s budget office said decisions about whether to pay them will be “based on whether we have enough money to keep the budget in balance.” Continue Reading →

Lembo joins dissent over Malloy’s emergency budget cuts

Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo (file photo)

State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo distanced himself Thursday from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, calling his fellow Democrat’s emergency budget cuts premature and warning they could harm the state’s economy. A top administration official shot back, "We are making those tough decisions when we must, not shirking our responsibilities for political convenience.” Continue Reading →