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Hospitals worry Medicaid, Obamacare changes could bring pain

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With the potential for major changes in federal health care policy looming, hospital leaders are watching closely, worried especially that cuts to Medicaid could bring a big financial hit and that a repeal of Obamacare could raise the number of uninsured Connecticut residents. Continue Reading →

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Is the F-35 stealth fighter vulnerable to a Trump tweet?

The F-35A stealth fighter, the Air Force version of the plane.

One of Connecticut’s U.S. senators insists he won’t jump at every tweet by President-elect Donald J. Trump. But the other says he could not ignore what he took as Trump’s suggestion Monday that production of the F-35 fighter, the source of thousands of job in Connecticut and air superiority for the U.S. and its allies, might be reduced or abandoned. Continue Reading →

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A lot at stake for Connecticut as Trump, GOP eye Medicaid changes

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Medicaid is Connecticut’s largest source of federal funding and the largest single line item in the state budget. It covers close to one in five state residents – more than 750,000 poor children, adults and people with disabilities. A major change in federal Medicaid funding is a big worry for the state’s budget director. Continue Reading →

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Trump pick to run Medicare, Medicaid has red-state policy chops

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Seema Verma, a health care consultant, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s the part of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and has a budget of just under a trillion dollars in 2016. Continue Reading →

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Malloy praises Trump’s choice for transportation chief

Though Gov. Dannel P. Malloy panned President-elect Trump’s choice of Congressman Tom Price for secretary of health and human services Tuesday, he praised his selection Elaine L. Chao as transportation secretary – an official the Democratic governor is likely to lobby. Continue Reading →

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An invitation to Trump to meet Syrian refugees in New Haven

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with Nidal, Abir and their son, Mohammad.

WOODBRIDGE — Sharing a stage with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the head of a program that has resettled about 350 Syrian refugees across Connecticut over the past year extended a public invitation Tuesday to President-elect Donald J. Trump to meet with his clients before acting on a campaign pledge to suspend the resettlement of Syrians in the U.S. Continue Reading →

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With Obamacare’s future in doubt, officials urge people to keep signing up

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.

Come January, the nation will have a president and Congress that have pledged repeatedly to repeal Obamacare. But in the meantime, there’s a sign-up period going on for people to buy coverage through the insurance exchanges created by the health law. So what happens now? Continue Reading →

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CT GOP helps Trump mega-donors bypass campaign limits, legally

Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump holds a sign he said showed how little he had received in contributions from people who work at hedge funds compared to Hillary Clinton.

Some eye-popping numbers are listed in the Connecticut Republican Party’s latest finance report: On a single day, nearly $900,000 flowed from across the U.S. into its account, nearly doubling its receipts. But the money bounced to the Republican National Committee, a legal trick practiced by both parties to help megadonors evade contribution limits. Continue Reading →

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CT GOP wonders how to change the topic from Trump to economy

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Connecticut Republicans struggled over the weekend to gauge how badly their campaign to win control of the Connecticut General Assembly has been sidetracked by the spectacle of a defiant Donald J. Trump facing off against the establishment of both parties over a video showing him crudely boasting of his ability as a celebrity to molest women with impunity. Continue Reading →

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Trump ignites activism among young Muslims in Connecticut

Alicia Hernandez Strong waiting to register voters at her mosque in New Britain.

NEW BRITAIN — Alicia Hernandez Strong sat in the lobby of a mosque that didn’t exist when Barack Obama was elected president, telling Yemeni worshippers how they can register to vote in this old industrial city, a place made and remade by successive tides of immigrants. She comes every Friday, setting up a folding table before afternoon prayers. Her inspiration is Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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