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Murphy presses for action on mental health bill despite obstacles

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have bipartisan support for a bill that would reform the nation’s mental health system and are pressing for Senate action on the legislation. But they are facing hurdles common to those who push for change on Capitol Hill. Continue Reading →

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State tentatively OKs hospital purchases in Manchester, Vernon

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The consolidation of the hospital industry progressed Wednesday as state regulators gave tentative approval to the $105 million purchase of Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals by Prospect Medical Holdings, a for-profit hospital chain based in Los Angeles. Continue Reading →

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Can an apartment cut health care costs of homeless ‘super users’?

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Connecticut is part of a national demonstration program aimed at finding a new way to address the needs of homeless health care "super users." It's designed to test the questions: Can housing and support be the answer? Can it save money? And can it be sustainable? Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers seek more money as House, Senate split on Zika funds

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have split on how to fund federal efforts to fight the Zika virus, with Connecticut lawmakers playing key roles in trying to boost the amount of money that would go to states to battle the spread of the disease. Continue Reading →

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Introducing The Mirror’s Hospitals Database

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On average, 78 percent of hospital beds in the state were filled during the 2014 fiscal year, and patients stayed an average of five days. Connecticut’s acute care hospitals earned an average margin of 6.22 percent that year. But averages don't tell the full story about hospitals in Connecticut. This database is aimed at helping you dig deeper. Continue Reading →

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House sends lean, overdue CT budget to Malloy’s desk

House Speaker J. Brendan  Sharkey hugs Rep. Toni Walker, co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, after final passage of the state budget in the House.

Updated at 11:08 p.m.
The Democrat-controlled House voted 74-70 to adopt a $19.76 billion budget that closes a nearly $1 billion hole in the 2016-17 fiscal year without raising taxes or tapping Connecticut’s modest emergency reserve. Eight Democrats joined with all 62 Republicans present to oppose the measure. Continue Reading →

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Measure strips $1B in bonded projects off of CT’s credit card

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The Senate voted late Thursday rebalance Connecticut’s credit card in the face of shrinking tax revenues, canceling or delaying about $1 billion in financing for a wide array of projects and programs, and to authorize $380 for municipal school construction, down significantly from recent years. Continue Reading →

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A handshake, then a vote on Connecticut’s next budget

Budget chief Ben Barnes, right, shakes hands with the Senate leader, Martin Looney as debate begins. At Watching is Looney's top aide, Vinnie Mauro.

Updated at 11:10 p.m.
The Senate adopted a $19.76 billion budget Thursday that would eliminate a nearly $1 billion deficit and significantly reduce larger shortfalls after the November state elections. Continue Reading →

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