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Insurance Department will seek to liquidate HealthyCT

This is a picture of HealthyCT CEO Ken Lalime

The Connecticut Insurance Department plans to seek a court order to liquidate insurer HealthyCT at the end of the year, after an appointed overseer’s report that the nonprofit company – created with federal funds made available through Obamacare – is insolvent. Continue Reading →

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Aetna-Humana antitrust trial to have a different twist

Aetna headquarters in Hartford

WASHINGTON – As the first part of the antitrust trial on a proposed merger of Anthem and Cigna is wrapping up, a similar challenge to Aetna’s plan to merge with Humana is about to begin. While both are the result of lawsuits to block the mergers filed by the Justice Department on the same day in July, the trials will be much different. Continue Reading →

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With Obamacare’s future uncertain, CT exchange contemplates strategies

Staff at the Access Health CT enrollment center in New Britain preparing for the open enrollment that ended in January.

One person likened it to looking at a “foggy crystal ball.” Another spoke of changing a tire on a car that’s still moving. But others cautioned against speculating and emphasized the fact that, so far, nothing about the Affordable Care Act has changed. Continue Reading →

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A lot at stake for Connecticut as Trump, GOP eye Medicaid changes

President-elect Donald J. Trump

Medicaid is Connecticut’s largest source of federal funding and the largest single line item in the state budget. It covers close to one in five state residents – more than 750,000 poor children, adults and people with disabilities. A major change in federal Medicaid funding is a big worry for the state’s budget director. Continue Reading →

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Trump pick to run Medicare, Medicaid has red-state policy chops

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Seema Verma, a health care consultant, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s the part of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and has a budget of just under a trillion dollars in 2016. Continue Reading →

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House approves mental health and addiction bill championed by Murphy, Courtney

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers split with Rep. Rosa DeLauro and other progressives in their party Wednesday over a bill that included Sen. Chris Murphy’s mental health bill and authorized the spending of $1 billion on the treatment and prevention of opioid addiction. Continue Reading →

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Walker: ‘Devastating’ cuts cannot solve CT’s budget woes

Office of Fiscal Analysis Director Neil Ayers (left) and Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes (right)

As analysts outlined a grim picture Wednesday that could include further cuts to state social services and reversing recent enhancements in local aid and transportation, one key lawmaker insisted officials must discuss raising revenue in 2017. Continue Reading →

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CT business community on watch over ACA repeal effort

The Access Health CT website offers health care coverage for small businesses.

WASHINGTON — GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would affect individuals who’ve been purchasing their coverage on state exchanges or through the expansion of Medicaid the most, but some who receive their health care from their employers are also likely to be affected. Continue Reading →

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Malloy praises Trump’s choice for transportation chief

Though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy panned President-elect Trump’s choice of Congressman Tom Price for secretary of health and human services Tuesday, he praised his selection Elaine L. Chao as transportation secretary – an official the Democratic governor is likely to lobby. Continue Reading →

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CT Democrats blast Trump’s pick of Price to head HHS

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-!st District

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Democrats on Tuesday sharply criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Tom Price, the architect of the House GOP’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Continue Reading →

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‘We’re in limbo:’ For many in CT, Obamacare’s uncertain future is personal

Joshua Scussell (second from left) with his wife, Heather (left) and Blaire Broda, his bone marrow donor. At right is Blaire's husband Joel.

The presidential election put Cindy Jalbert’s plans in limbo. She has type 1 diabetes and had been counting on the ability to buy insurance even though she has a pre-existing condition – something made possible through Obamacare. The uncertainty about the health law’s future has personal implications for many Connecticut residents. Some worry about the future of benefits they have come to rely on, while others are hopeful about the prospect of improving what they see as shortcomings in the health law. Continue Reading →

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Insurers uncertain as Congress looks to repeal Affordable Care Act

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WASHINGTON– Caught off guard by the political changes that make possible the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s insurers are hoping Congress will replace the health care law with something that allows them to stay in business – and even thrive. “The discussion right now about repeal and replacement is making the (insurance) market very, very nervous,” Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, a Democrat, said. Continue Reading →

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