Elaborate plans for an ambitious one-off state incarnation of a green new deal were substantially scaled back when the legislation came to the House floor on Tuesday.
Jenna is CT Mirror’s Health Reporter, focusing on health access, affordability, quality, equity and disparities, social determinants of health, health system planning, infrastructure, processes, information systems, and other health policy. Before joining CT Mirror Jenna was a reporter at The Hartford Courant for 10 years, where she consistently won statewide and regional awards. Jenna has a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University and a Bachelor or Arts degree in Journalism from Grand Valley State University.
Union backs away from nursing home strike
The state’s largest health care workers’ union has again called off a threat to strike, following a pledge by governor to increase rates for nursing homes.
Democrats unveil sweeping overhaul of public option bill
The dramatically expanded proposal would establish a state-sponsored plan for individuals and small businesses that don’t have employer-subsidized coverage.
Bill would stop restaurants’ use of Styrofoam containers
Bills limiting use of plastic straws and single-use plastic bags also advance.
CT enters legal tussle over Trump administration’s ‘conscience rule’
The rule allows health care workers to refuse medical treatment to people, even during emergencies, on religious or moral grounds.
Lamont backs nursing home rate increases
Three phased-in increases starting in July could avert a threatened strike by nursing home workers.
As marijuana legalization falters, supporters eye constitutional amendment
The move, though cumbersome, would put the controversial issue squarely in the hands of voters.
House backs ban on deceptive practices at faith-based pregnancy centers
As a constellation of states pass laws to restrict or ban abortion, CT lawmakers took aim Thursday at faith-based centers that deceive women seeking medical assistance for a pregnancy.
No vote to end religious vaccine exemptions this year
Lawmakers abandoned their quest this year because they couldn’t reach agreement on what to do with unvaccinated children already in school.
Senate approves bill requiring nursing homes to disclose staffing levels
The state Senate has advanced a bill to require nursing homes to disclose every day the number of direct-care staff members assigned to patients.
Lawmakers poised to announce plan for repealing religious exemption on vaccines
At issue is whether children already enrolled in school would be “grandfathered in,” meaning the repeal might only affect those looking to attend public school in the future.
CT Senate passes bill restricting cooperation with ICE
Connecticut jumped back into the contentious national debate over immigration enforcement as Senate Democrats voted early Wednesday to pass a bill that would further restrict how police and court personnel can work with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain undocumented immigrants.
Lawmakers propose $5 million to boost safety measures at religious institutions
With an arson at a New Haven mosque still fresh in the news, legislators said the state should provide money to protect Connecticut houses of worship.
Dozens of vaccine skeptics testify against removal of religious exemption
Dozens of immunization skeptics criticized the last-minute attempt to push through legislation that would dismantle the religious exemption, while hundreds more crowded into hearing rooms to listen to the testimony.
Lawmakers set hearing on wiping out religious exemption to vaccines
The hearing on Monday is a possible first step in introducing 11th hour legislation to repeal the religious exemption provision.