Katharine L. Wade

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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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Senate GOP accuses Wade of FOI violation in Cigna merger

Katharine L. Wade.

Senate Republicans asked the state Freedom of Information Commission on Friday to penalize Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade, saying she and her department withheld documents related to the pending merger of Anthem and Cigna that another agency deemed to be public information. Continue Reading →

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Anthem-Cigna controversy exposes gaps in ethics rules

Katherine Wade

Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade’s controversial refusal to recuse herself from ruling on the Anthem-Cigna insurance merger has provoked a reappraisal of ethics regulators, who heavily rely on the self-reporting of public officials, and an ethics code that may be clearer to lawyers than lovers of English. Continue Reading →

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Comptroller says Wade should recuse herself on Cigna merger

Comptroller Kevin Lembo

Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo publicly urged Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade on Thursday to recuse herself from Connecticut’s review of the Anthem-Cigna merger, saying even a positive legal ruling from ethics officials would not overcome the appearance of a conflict of interest. Continue Reading →

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Ethics panel to rule if Wade has conflict in Anthem-Cigna merger

The Citizens Ethics Advisory Board

Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade’s first contact with state ethics officials was to inform them in September why she intended to act on the merger of Anthem and Cigna, not to seek a ruling on whether they saw a potential conflict due to her family’s long association with Cigna. Now, while she’s deep in the review of a merger that could transform the health insurance industry, Wade is going to get the legally binding ethics opinion that she and the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy never saw the need to request. Continue Reading →

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Sharkey calls for Wade’s recusal, but Malloy sees no conflict

This is a picture of Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade.

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey became the first Democratic leader Friday to call on Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade to recuse herself from ruling on Anthem’s merger with Bloomfield-based Cigna, the commissioner’s last private-sector employer before joining the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The governor said he sees no conflict. Continue Reading →

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Critics urge more transparency in Anthem-Cigna merger review

This is a picture of Anthem's application to acquire Cigna

Saying that “all eyes will be on Connecticut,” critics of two pending mergers of major health insurers have asked the state’s insurance commissioner to take steps they say would increase transparency in the review of Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna. Continue Reading →

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Ethics office won’t call for Wade to recuse herself on Cigna deal

This is a picture of Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade.

The Office of State Ethics is not calling for Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade to recuse herself from overseeing her agency’s review of Anthem’s proposal to buy Cigna, where Wade previously worked and her husband serves as an attorney. But Executive Director Carol Carson said the office has raised concerns. Continue Reading →

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