Monthly Archives: February 2017

Federal monitor: DCF can’t meet requirements under ‘current conditions’

After moving closer to compliance with its court supervision exit plan in the first quarter of 2016, the state Department of Children and Families was unable to make additional progress in the second and third quarters of 2016, a federal court monitor reported Tuesday. The court monitor put much of the blame for DCF’s continued failure to meet certain compliance standards on the state government. Continue Reading →

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2018 exchange plans could cover fewer hospitals, doctors, drugs

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.

Insurance companies that sell coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange next year will be allowed to cover fewer hospitals, doctors and prescription drugs under changes the exchange’s board approved Tuesday. Officials hope those changes could help offset rate increases caused by the increased price and use of medical care and prescription drugs. Continue Reading →

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Before and after Trump speech, Democrats pitching for cash

An email solicitation from Connecticut Democrats anticipated bad news Tuesday night in President Trump’s congressional address: “You can expect the GOP Congress to stay on their fee clapping as he talks about defunding Planned Parenthood, stripping away gun reforms, and repealing Obamacare.” But what’s been bad for the Democratic agenda has been decent for its fundraising. Continue Reading →

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State releases revamped grades for every school – and most drop

The zero-to-100 grade the state gives every public school and district each year declined for the vast majority of public schools and districts. But the state’s education commissioner said the widespread declines should be seen as part of a recalibration of the grading system. Most students scored better on standardized tests. Continue Reading →

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Trump, Malloy and PACs are factors in special elections today

Updated at 11:26 a.m.
Voters go to the polls today in special elections for three seats in the closely divided General Assembly, with one race drawing more than $50,000 in independent expenditures by a national group hoping to elect a Democratic senator in a solid Republican district. After voting this morning, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy shrugged off GOP efforts to make him a central issue and said, “I don’t think the outcome will be reflective of anything other than who did more work, quite frankly.” Continue Reading →

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Malloy leaves D.C. feeling bad about ACA, better about infrastructure

WASHINGTON — Like other Democratic governors, Dannel Malloy ended his long weekend here at the National Governors Association winter meeting pessimistic about President Donald Trump’s plan for the Affordable Care but hopeful the new administration will be receptive to other state needs – especially when it comes to infrastructure. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers’ guests for Trump’s speech intended to send message

WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers have joined other Democratic colleagues in inviting guests to President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress Tuesday — people who will serve as symbolic rebukes to the new president’s policies. Among them: Constituents from seven Muslim countries that were subject to a presidential travel ban and advocates for public schools and the Affordable Care Act . Continue Reading →

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Hospitals say they face hidden, $156M tax hike in Malloy budget

Connecticut hospitals would pay $156 million more in state taxes over the next two years under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget — an increase Malloy did not report to legislators when presenting his biennial plan on Feb. 8, the Connecticut Hospital Association says. Continue Reading →

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