Yeah, CT health care costs are high, but which ones are highest?

How the average prices paid for privately insured patients compared to the national average for abdomen X-rays. In Connecticut, the price was more than 33 percent higher than the national average.

The amount paid for a cesarean childbirth and newborn care in the hospital, for example, averaged $20,107 in Connecticut – 26 percent above the national average of $15,917, according to data based on claims paid by three private insurance companies. But costs also ranged within the state, averaging $20,773 in the Bridgeport area, $19,715 in the Hartford region, and $18,915 in and around New Haven. Continue Reading →

House conservatives lose battle to block domestic violence law

Rep. Robyn Porter, a victim of domestic violence, is hugged by a colleague, Brian Becker, after passage of a domestic violence bill she championed.

By a surprisingly strong vote, the House of Representatives overcame tenacious opposition from conservatives Wednesday night to pass and send to the Senate a bill requiring gun owners to surrender their firearms within 24 hours of being served with a temporary restraining order in domestic violence cases. The fight had drawn the notice of the White House. Continue Reading →