Mental health cuts threaten treatment system, providers say

Heather Gates (left) and Raymond Gorman listen to Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services officials explain their budget situation to legislators. Both say cuts to mental health and substance abuse treatment funds could mean cuts to programs or client access.

Mental health and substance abuse treatment providers say they're planning to limit access to programs if a proposed $25.5 million cut to grant funding goes through. A recent analysis by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says even with more insured clients, the providers will only be able to make up a fraction of the proposed grant cuts. But the governor's budget director said funding those grants is "a luxury that we can’t afford right now." Continue Reading →

CSCU leader asks for contract concessions; faculty unions balk

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Updated at 3:39 p.m.
With plans to cut spending by $22 million, the president of the state's largest public college system is asking union leaders for concessions. But the presidents of the two largest unions representing employees at the community colleges and Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut state universities say they aren't interested. Continue Reading →

Medicare fees to drop sharply as Senate falters on ‘doc fix’ bill opposed by CT senators

Updated at 10:43 a.m. Friday
WASHINGTON – The Senate's failure to act on a bill, opposed by Connecticut's senators, means fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients will drop sharply at the end of the month. If Congress, which left on a two-week Easter recess, acts as soon as it returns, the government says it may be able to avoid the fee cuts. Continue Reading →