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EpiPen lobbying campaign targeted Connecticut

An EpiPen two-pak from Mylan

WASHINGTON – Connecticut, one of 11 states that approved a law requiring schools to stock EpiPens, is on drug maker Mylan’s sizable lobbying list. According to the center, Mylan, under fire for its steep price hikes of the EpiPen, expanded its lobbying presence in state houses to Connecticut and 35 additional states between 2010 to 2014. Continue Reading →

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A South Windsor native’s ‘pang of guilt’ touched off EpiPen war

Mellini Kantayya

Though her use of an online petition, Mellini Kantayya, touched off a furor over the rapid price hikes in the cost of EpiPens, the auto-injector that delivers a drug that counters the effects of a potentially fatal allergic reaction. She hopes the reaction will open the door to greater scrutiny of the pharmaceutical industry. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, others who helped sales of EpiPen, want probe of price hikes

An EpiPen two-pak from Mylan

WASHINGTON — Like other lawmakers who are now calling for an investigation of the massive price hikes in price hikes of EpiPens, Sen. Richard Blumenthal backed legislation that encouraged schools to stock the auto injector that delivers a drug that counters the effects of a fatal allergic reaction. Continue Reading →

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As some quit exchanges, insurers press for changes in ACA

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WASHINGTON — Aetna’s decision to abandon 11 state Affordable Care Act marketplaces combined with the shrinking participation of other insurers has prompted Washington advocates to look for new ways to strengthen state marketplaces like Connecticut’s Access Health CT. Republicans, meanwhile, have renewed their calls for the ACA's repeal. Continue Reading →

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Health insurance brokers set to exit exchange if commissions go

Mary Jennings, a Westport health insurance broker, testifies during a public hearing on ConnectiCare's proposed rate increases Thursday.

As state regulators consider rate proposals for next year, both of the carriers set to remain on the exchange – Anthem and ConnectiCare – could eliminate their commissions for brokers in 2017, creating uncertainty as brokers and customers plan for the coming year. Many brokers have indicated they will leave the exchange if they will not receive sufficient compensation. Continue Reading →

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Charlotte Hungerford, Hartford HealthCare say they will partner

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

After more than five months of negotiation, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare announced they will seek state and federal approval to make the Torrington-based hospital the sixth in the Hartford HealthCare network. But regulatory hurdles could keep the deal from being approved for months. Continue Reading →

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Health insurers face outcry over requests for sharply higher rates

Lynne Ide, director of program and policy for the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, argues against the proposed health insurance rate hikes.

After proposing sharp rate increases for next year’s health insurance plans for individuals and small groups, a trio of insurers faced a barrage of criticism from elected officials and the public during a series of hearings Wednesday and Thursday. Continue Reading →

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CT Zika-fighting efforts could feel pinch if Congress doesn’t act

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut has received nearly $1 million this week from the federal government to combat the Zika virus – enough for now, state officials say, but not if the crisis worsens. Meanwhile, the blame game continues in Washington over who is responsible for holding up more than $1 billion that could bolster states' efforts to fight the disease. Continue Reading →

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Aetna offers divestitures, Cigna looking at its options

Aetna headquarters in Hartford

WASHINGTON — Aetna and Humana said Tuesday they have an agreement to sell Medicare Advantage business covering 290,000 people to rival insurer Molina if their planned merger is allowed to be completed. Aetna also said it is halting 2017 plans to expand participation on public exchanges and is reviewing all of its current participation on Affordable Care Act exchanges. Continue Reading →

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