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Malloy: Time is running short to strike a budget deal

Left to right, Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney of New Haven, House Minority Leader Themis Klarides of Derby and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano of North haven after meeting with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday.

While legislative leaders were uncharacteristically coy following Monday’s budget negotiations, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made it clear lawmakers are running out of time if they want to play a role in balancing state finances. Continue Reading →

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Senate Dems break with House, go own way on deficit


Senate Democrats issued their own deficit-mitigation plan Thursday, pressing for a retirement incentive plan opposed by House Democrats and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as damaging to the state’s overburdened pension system. Continue Reading →

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New Access Health customers skew younger, lower-income, so far

This is a photo of Pedro Lopez asking how long it will take to sign up for insurance at the Access Health CT store in New Britain.

More than 5,400 new customers have bought private insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange since Nov. 1, a group that includes more young adults and more people who qualify for subsidized coverage compared to the current customer base. Continue Reading →

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Democrats: Suspend public financing of elections, cut transportation and local aid


The leaders of the legislature's Democratic majority Monday recommended suspending the state's public-financing of elections for 2016, cutting social services and retreating from two major initiatives on transportation and municipal aid. Continue Reading →

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CT’s insurance CO-OP sticking around, but still a work in progress

This is a picture of HealthyCT CEO Ken Lalime

The nonprofit insurer lost $28 million in 2014 and, as of June 30, had lost $9.5 million this year. CEO Ken Lalime said early losses are not unusual for a new company, and said HealthyCT has the capital to get through the initial, unprofitable years. Continue Reading →

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AMA asks Justice Department to block Aetna-Humana, Anthem-Cigna mergers

WASHINGTON – Saying it would end competition in key markets and erode patient care, the American Medical Association has asked the Justice Department to quash the proposed mergers between insurance giants Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna. Continue Reading →

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Malloy pitches $350M in cuts; GOP wants mix of cuts, labor savings

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presented legislators Thursday with almost $350 million in budget-cutting options that would fall heavily on social services, education and municipal aid, according to documents obtained by The Mirror. Meanwhile, leaders of the legislature's Republican minority offered an array of spending cuts and new restrictions on state employees' wages and benefits, all of which presumably would require negotiations with labor unions. Continue Reading →

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Post-Newtown program helps children get mental health care

Dr. Robert Adamenko

Addressing mental health issues has become an increasingly large part of pediatric practice, but few pediatricians said they could meet their patients' behavioral health needs or easily access a psychiatrist to help. A program created in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting aims to change that by funding teams of psychiatrists to consult with pediatricians. It was used more than 5,000 times in its first year. Continue Reading →

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Study: Black women twice as likely to be re-hospitalized after childbirth

Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim via Flickr Creative Commons

Black women in Connecticut were twice as likely as white women to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of childbirth, and Hispanic women were nearly 50 percent more likely than whites to be readmitted, according to a study published this month in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Continue Reading →

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AG: Hartford Hospital, contractor to pay $90,000 in 2012 data theft

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Hartford Hospital and one of its contractors have agreed to pay the state $90,000 and undertake training and security measures to resolve an investigation into the theft of a laptop containing unencrypted patient information in June 2012, according to Attorney General George Jepsen’s office. Continue Reading →

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