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COVID-19 should be a wake-up call to Connecticut insurers

COVID-19 has awakened us to our collective unpreparedness for global shocks. Too many have lost their lives and livelihoods, and the world economy has been plunged into the worst crisis since the Great Depression. But we would be making a huge mistake to pretend any intelligent recovery from this catastrophe would be complete without preparing ourselves for the other giant shock scientists have warned us about for decades: climate change.

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Young people’s voices are key to recovery

This week marks a full two months since COVID-19 prompted the closure of schools across our state.  As officials turn their attention to the staged re-opening of Connecticut, many youth and young adults are grappling with the loss of monumental milestones like graduation ceremonies and are still reeling from a pandemic in which so many dimensions of their lives have gone publicly unacknowledged, unconsidered, and unsupported.

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Getting the help you need, with compassion

When I was growing up, the youngest of four kids in my family in a middle class suburb, I was one of two or three kids in my elementary school grade who received free or reduced-price lunch. This got me to the front of the line every day at lunchtime, provided a hot lunch (or a fluffernutter if I preferred), and meant I didn’t have to carry a lunch to school. No one at school made me feel badly about receiving this benefit; on the contrary, it made me feel special – in a good way! I had no idea my parents were embarrassed by this.