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Insurance coverage mandates would face more analysis under Malloy proposal

The prospect of requiring health insurance plans to cover specific treatments or services is an annual debate in the Connecticut General Assembly, often pitting patients who faced problems against critics who say mandates raise insurance premiums. Now the governor wants to change the process – a proposal that’s drawn both praise and opposition. Continue Reading →

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CT Obamacare exchange at a ‘critical crossroads,’ leader says

This is a picture of Access Health's New Britain store

Jim Wadleigh cited a new IRS policy that could affect the individual mandate, a proposed federal rule aimed at stabilizing insurance markets, and the ongoing uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act’s future. The exchange also has a budget crunch to fix. Continue Reading →

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With time running out, Obamacare signups lag amid uncertainties

The Access Health CT storefront in New Britain shortly after 10 a.m. Most of those in the waiting area were exchange staff.

With one day left in the sign-up period for private insurance coverage, the Connecticut health insurance exchange’s enrollment has slowed down compared to past years, and the marketplace’s chief executive thinks confusion about the future of Obamacare could be a factor. Continue Reading →

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‘It’s a public health crisis:’ Malloy proposals target opioids

The proposals include requiring physicians to prescribe opioids electronically rather than on paper; allowing visiting nurses to destroy unused medication; and allowing patients to direct that they not be prescribed an opioid medication. Continue Reading →

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Access Health seeks to tighten midyear enrollment rules, citing potential abuse

This is a picture of Access Health's New Britain store

People who try to buy health insurance after the annual open-enrollment period could soon face stricter scrutiny before getting covered under a proposal aimed at cracking down on those who forgo insurance, then enroll once they get sick. Continue Reading →

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Insurers: Repeal of ACA should go slowly, keep subsidies awhile

WASHINGTON – As Republicans in Congress begin work on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health insurers are telling lawmakers to keep paying subsidies to the companies and to low-income Americans so they can afford coverage. Insurers are also asking that Congress create a long transition period before changes to the ACA take effect. Continue Reading →

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What ‘repeal-replace’ could mean for your employer health plan

If you’re like most Connecticut residents and get your health insurance through an employer, chances are the future of Obamacare doesn’t have nearly as much bearing on your coverage. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing at stake for you as federal lawmakers look to repeal and replace the health law. Continue Reading →

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Cigna distances itself from Anthem at key point in merger trial

WASHINGTON — Hostilities between proposed merger partners Anthem and Cigna were on full display Tuesday at a key point of a U.S. antitrust trial over the deal. Cigna attorney Rick Rule said the company did not sign a key closing document because it did not agree with Anthem’s characterizations of the testimony of certain Cigna witnesses. Continue Reading →

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522,000 CT adults have a pre-existing condition, analysis says

Nearly one in four Connecticut adults have a health condition that probably would make them unable to buy insurance through the individual market without protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as those created by Obamacare, according to an analysis released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Continue Reading →

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