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Regulator lowers most proposed health insurance rate hikes

Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade.

Most insurance companies selling health plans in the state’s individual market will get to raise customers’ premiums in 2016, but not by as much as they proposed, and one major carrier will have to lower its rates, according to decisions released by the Connecticut Insurance Department Saturday. Continue Reading →

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Respite center’s closure highlights frustrations for families of the disabled

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Founders' Cottage, a Norwalk respite center that gives families who care for adult children with developmental disabilities an occasional break, is closing next month, and its loss taps into a deeper frustration over years of cuts to services and a shortage of residential placements for people with developmental disabilities. Continue Reading →

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Thousands of Obamacare customers at risk of losing coverage or subsidies

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More than 7,000 customers of Connecticut’s health insurance exchange must provide additional documentation to maintain their coverage or the tax credits that subsidize their premiums – a process that has already led to confusion and, in some cases, lost coverage or subsidies, exchange CEO Jim Wadleigh said Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Having health insurance is one thing, understanding it another

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The complexity of health insurance and lagging levels of insurance literacy have long been a concern. But many experts say the problem is particularly urgent now that the federal health law has expanded coverage to millions more people, including many who have limited experience with insurance and some who speak limited English. Second story in an occasional series on major issues shaping health care in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. Continue Reading →

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Law enforcement access to CT drug monitoring data raises privacy concern

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s Prescription Monitoring Program aims to stop the misuse of opioids and other dangerous drugs and save lives. But some are concerned these programs have given law enforcement officers access to private information about prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet. Continue Reading →

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The next big push: Getting people health care, not just insurance

This is a picture of Rebecca Santiago, community healthcare nurse navigator, at the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.

Since the federal health law’s major provisions rolled out last year, much of the attention has been on getting people signed up for coverage. But increasingly, the focus is turning to what comes next: making sure those who gained coverage use it to improve their health, and ensuring that the health care system adapts to meet their needs. First story in an occasional series on major issues facing health care. Continue Reading →

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