Yearly Archives: 2018

As states try to rein in drug spending, feds slap down one bold Medicaid move

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have denied an attempt by Massachusetts to negotiate prices for about 1 percent of the highest-priced drugs and stop covering some of them. CMS rejected the proposal, saying Massachusetts couldn’t do what it wanted and continue to receive the deep discounts drugmakers are required by law to give state Medicaid programs. The development has implications for the rest of the country. Continue Reading →

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Yale Law professors call for ‘neutral’ probe of Kavanaugh sexual assault accusation

WASHINGTON – As the partisan tussle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court continued Friday, Yale Law School faculty weighed in with a letter asking that the FBI or another “neutral factfinder” investigate an accusation that the nominee sexually assaulted another teen at a high school party decades ago. Continue Reading →

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CT docs say health information exchange would help fight opioid epidemic

As Connecticut residents continue to die from opioid overdoses at an alarming rate, several doctors agree that being able to share health records electronically across the entire state would help fight the epidemic. But a system to accommodate that sharing remains elusive. Continue Reading →

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CT sexual assault victims back Kavanaugh accuser

Victims of sexual assault in Connecticut on Thursday joined others across the country in backing Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago when both were attending a teenage party. Meanwhile, Ford’s lawyers began negotiations with Senate Republicans regarding the conditions on her testimony. Continue Reading →

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Malloy defends investment record at penultimate Bond Commission meeting

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, keenly aware of the unwelcome role his record is playing in the campaign to succeed him, spent one of his final State Bond Commission meetings Thursday defending state borrowing made during his tenure to promote economic development statewide and help Connecticut’s struggling capital city. Continue Reading →

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After CJTS closure, juvenile detention officer injuries increase

Employees at the state’s two juvenile detention centers are being injured and going out on workers’ compensation at significantly higher rates than usual, leading to increased risks for the remaining staff and the children held in the facilities, union officials say. Those able-bodied staff remaining are left to work mandated overtime shifts multiple times a week, resulting in exhaustion and potentially unsafe conditions for the juveniles housed in Bridgeport and Hartford. Continue Reading →

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A decade of delays, $23 million spent, as state makes fourth try for health information exchange

The idea of a single health information exchange across the state of Connecticut seems simple: Gather all health information in one place and make it available to every practitioner involved with a single patient to provide the best care possible. Unfortunately, in Connecticut this process has been anything but simple. Instead, it has been enormously expensive and time-consuming — costing the state $23 million and 11 years of work which, to this date, have yet to produce an exchange. Continue Reading →

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Lamont offers tax relief in jobs plan, but no plan to pay for it

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont unveiled a jobs plan Wednesday centered on three business tax cuts — and a previously disclosed middle-class income tax break — none of which he could provide without solving a much-larger state budget deficit. Continue Reading →

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New ‘atlas’ tracks social media sentiment for Lamont, Stefanowski, other candidates

WASHINGTON – A new political tool that tracks sentiment on social media every day showed that more people said nice things about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont than his Republican rival Bob Stefanowski . But the Political Atlas said Stefanowski had Lamont beat when it came to “favorability” which also took into account how many times his name was mentioned on social media. Continue Reading →

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