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Democrats, governor strike budget deal, aim for Wednesday vote

Outlining the budget deal are, left to right, House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, Mouse Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney and Appropriations Committee Co-Chair Beth Bye.

Updated at 1 a.m. Wednesday
Democratic legislators ended a tense day of negotiations Tuesday by announcing a deal on a new state budget that the General Assembly will race to adopt Wednesday before the constitutional adjournment deadline of midnight. Continue Reading →

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Down to the wire on chances for a regular-session CT budget

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy assesses the state if budget negotiations for reporters Friday night.

Updated at 10:30 p.m.
Chances of a state budget deal before the legislative session ends Wednesday could hinge on whether negotiations – sparked by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new budget proposal – bear fruit overnight Monday into Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal leads bipartisan Senate effort to reform VA

Blumenthal on VA bill

WASHINGTON — With continuing scandals at the nation’s veterans’ hospitals, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and a Republican colleague introduced a sweeping new bill Thursday aimed at protecting whistleblowers and speeding the firing of bad actors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Continue Reading →

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Legislators send Malloy an invitation and a proposed fiscal plan

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney discuss the Democrats' budget proposal.

A week after suspending budget talks with the administration, the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly offered an olive branch and a proposal for a new fiscal plan Thursday to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Continue Reading →

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Yeah, CT health care costs are high, but which ones are highest?

How the average prices paid for privately insured patients compared to the national average for abdomen X-rays. In Connecticut, the price was more than 33 percent higher than the national average.

The amount paid for a cesarean childbirth and newborn care in the hospital, for example, averaged $20,107 in Connecticut – 26 percent above the national average of $15,917, according to data based on claims paid by three private insurance companies. But costs also ranged within the state, averaging $20,773 in the Bridgeport area, $19,715 in the Hartford region, and $18,915 in and around New Haven. Continue Reading →

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Senate passes bill limiting doctor non-compete agreements

Sen. Len Fasano (file photo)

The Senate passed a proposal Wednesday to limit non-compete clauses in physician contracts and broaden the types of organizations that can employ doctors, a measure intended to address concerns among Senate leaders about doctors’ ability to remain in independent practice or return to it after joining a hospital system. Continue Reading →

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Esty asks feds for money to combat lead in tainted CT water systems

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WASHINGTON – Connecticut does not have the type of water problems that are harming Flint, Mich., but staff cutbacks in the state’s drinking water monitoring program – in addition to problems and incidents of lead-tainted water in some state water systems – have prompted U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to ask the federal government for help. Continue Reading →

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CT’s maxed-out credit card takes its toll on many projects

Gampel Pavilion at UConn

The General Assembly is expected to vote before it adjourns May 4 on a plan that would cancel more than $1.1 billion in financing earmarked for an enormous array of purposes in both the public and private sectors, including renovating the leaking, flaking dome of UConn's Gampel Pavilion. Continue Reading →

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Insurers, hospitals form new campaign to fight drug price spikes

WASHINGTON — The nation’s health insurers are getting a boost from a new coalition that has taken up one of their key causes: halting big increases in drug prices and the cost of medicine. The goal: to press drug price increases and the high cost of many new medicines as an issue in the presidential campaign. Continue Reading →

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GOP budget plan: Slash agency budgets, cut bonding drastically

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, surrounded by GOP legislators, explain details of the party's proposed budget

Leaders insist their blueprint would close massive future deficits without tax hikes. To do that, though, the GOP minorities in the House and Senate would dilute the two big initiatives Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democratic majority launched last June: a 30-year investment in transportation and a plan to share sales tax receipts with cities and towns. Continue Reading →

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Middlesex Hospital gets approval for shoreline cancer treatment

This is A picture of an Elektra linear accelerator, included in Middlesex Hospital's certificate of need proposal.

Middlesex Hospital has reached a settlement with state regulators that will allow it to put a new piece of cancer treatment equipment in its shoreline clinic in Westbrook – a proposal that drew opposition from Yale-New Haven Hospital and sparked questions about the intersection of state regulation and health care competition. Continue Reading →

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