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Insurer: Cost of cholesterol meds, other drugs driving rate hikes

Neil Kelsey, ConnectiCare's chief actuary, testifies on the company's rate proposal at a hearing.

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High-cost specialty drugs, including a new class of cholesterol medications expected to come to market later this year, are key drivers of the need to raise health insurance premiums by nearly 10 percent, ConnectiCare’s chief actuary told regulators Monday Continue Reading →

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The Mirror’s ‘Small State, Big Debate: Race’ event set for Oct. 6


The Connecticut Mirror, the state’s award-winning, nonprofit public policy news organization, will hold its second statewide public policy event, “Small State, Big Debate: Race,” on Tuesday, October 6, at Fairfield University. Tickets go on sale today with an early bird special through Aug. 20. Find all the details here. Continue Reading →

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Bill to speed drug approvals sitting in Senate’s waiting room

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WASHINGTON –It was hailed as a rare bipartisan victory when it was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, but legislation that would boost the fortunes of Connecticut’s pharmaceutical industry — and perhaps speed a cure for Lyme disease — faces an uncertain fate. Continue Reading →

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CT insurance customers urge regulators to reject rate hikes

“Can you give us a break? I'm trying to provide the best health care for my kids and you make it more difficult each year!” one customer wrote to the Connecticut Insurance Department. “I might as well just drop insurance altogether. This is so discouraging.” Continue Reading →

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How Jackson Lab and CT fit Obama’s vision for medical research

White House science adviser Jo Handelsman,

FARMINGTON – President Obama is pushing to devote millions of dollars and significant emphasis to a field of research known as precision medicine, and a top White House science advisor said Friday that Connecticut — and the research institute lured here with significant state funds — are leaders in the field. Continue Reading →

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Health, labor, environment bills revived in special session

Sen, Beth Bye, Appropriations Committee co-chair, in the Senate  chamber during Monday's special session

A wide range of legislative priorities that failed to clear both chambers of the General Assembly before the June 3 end of the regular session won final approval early Tuesday as part of a massive budget implementation bill. The 686-page everything-but-the-kitchen-sink bill also includes several controversial new provisions. Here's what's in it. Continue Reading →

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