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Unions, Malloy reach a $1.6 billion concession deal

Negotiators for state employee unions and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tentatively agreed Friday on a two-year $1.6 billion package of concessions and other labor savings that will help Malloy balance the $40.1 billion biennial budget without 4,700 announced layoffs. The deal, which is subject to ratification by nearly 45,000 employees in 15 unions, comes after […]

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Study: Babies wrongfully lose state insurance at first birthday

Thousands of infants inadvertently lose Medicaid coverage after their first birthday because of a confusing eligibility process that occurs when the state Department of Social Services changes the way the babies are categorized, according to a report released Friday. Families of the 1-year-olds who lose coverage can struggle to get it reinstated because DSS sends […]

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Lots of agreement on medical home concept, but little on details

State officials and physicians gathered Thursday to tout a new model for providing medical care to nearly 600,000 Medicaid recipients. The model, known as a person-centered medical home, centers on having health care providers coordinate patients’ care and monitor their health–and receive payment for it. It has support from health care providers, legislators, patient advocates […]

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CT House members have Medicare on the mind

Expect a lot of talk from Connecticut’s congressional delegation this coming week about Medicare. But the chatter might focus more on the House Republican plan to privatize the program, rather than the threats to Medicare’s long-term solvency. The issue takes on heightened relevance today, because the Medicare trustees issued a new report concluding that the […]

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Courtney checks out Osama photos at CIA

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said the Obama Administration’s decision not to release the photos taken of the deceased Osama bin Laden was the “right one.” He made that statement after getting a glimpse of the pictures himself. The congressman, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, was among those invited to see the […]

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Deja vu: Talks continue

“Talks continue. Sides met last night.” And that’s the morning update on the concession talks, as delivered in a text from a SEBAC spokesman, Larry Dorman. In a later phone call with another spokesman, Matt O’Connor, a few more details: Negotiators met until about 3 a.m. and will resume later this morning after a few […]