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Insurance brokers battle for commissions under health reform law

WASHINGTON–In another flashpoint over implementation of federal health reform, insurance brokers are trying to undo a regulation that, they say, has already led to deep cuts in the commissions they earn from selling health care policies. The issue pits brokers against consumer groups, with state insurance commissioners split on the subject. Connecticut’s new insurance commissioner, […]

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Groton lawmaker pushing tax disclosure bill

With hundreds of millions of dollars worth state tax credits and exemptions on the books, a Groton lawmaker says Connecticut should disclose which specific businesses enjoy tax breaks, and how much in savings each one receives. But while Rep. Edward E. Moukawsher‘s bill recently received a public hearing, both Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and […]

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Middletown health provider testifies in Washington, but will anyone (in power) hear her?

Margaret Flinter, senior vice president of the Middletown-based Community Health Center, testified in Washington today about the importance of federal funding for such local health clinics. She said a $7 million federal investment is helping her Middletown facility double its capacity, creating new health care and construction jobs in that community, not to mention increasing […]

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Blumenthal joins budget fray, with talking points from Schumer

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal jumped into the congressional budget battle on Tuesday, saying a spending compromise would not be possible unless House Speaker John Boehner cuts loose the “extreme right-wing” members of his House majority. Blumenthal’s comments came during a media conference call that also featured three other Senate Democrats: California’s Barbara Boxer, Maryland’s Ben […]