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Blumenthal calls on colleagues, Trump to act on soaring drug costs

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called on his federal colleagues and President Donald Trump to do more now to control the costs of skyrocketing prescription drug costs. “There is no way that America can stand idle and allow these prescription drug costs to continue increasing at the present rate,” said Blumenthal at a press conference on Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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As opioid deaths soar, Esty backs bill that pays for more medical examiners

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty Tuesday said she will propose legislation that will provide $10 million for police forensics and to help pay for more medical examiners. The Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is currently on provisional accreditation status because it has too few examiners to meet current demand.

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Drug-price transparency bill passes legislature with no dissent

A bill designed to help Connecticut officials peer into the black box of drug pricing won final approval from a unanimous state Senate early Wednesday, and will now go to the governor. Proponents of the measure called it a necessary first step toward curbing expensive prescription drug prices. Continue Reading →

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Bills approved mandating ‘essential benefits,’ helping uninsured pregnant women

A bill headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk would give uninsured women the ability to sign up for health insurance after they learn they are pregnant. A second bill sent to the governor requires individual and small-group health insurance policies to cover the same 10 “essential health benefits” the Affordable Care Act mandates. Continue Reading →

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Senate passes bill increasing oversight to stem abuse at Whiting

More than a year after the repeated, cruel abuse of a Whiting Forensic patient was captured on videotape, the state Senate approved a bill that would create an independent task force to oversee the maximum security psychiatric facility and would make staff there and other state behavioral health facilities subject to fines or even criminal charges if they fail to report abuse. Continue Reading →

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House unanimously passes bill to shine light on drug industry

The state House of Representatives unanimously approved a comprehensive bill that aims to shed light on the murky prescription drug industry, which state officials say is a necessary first step to lowering expensive drug costs. Continue Reading →

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To avert a strike, House boosts money for care of the disabled

The House Wednesday passed a bill aimed at heading off a strike scheduled for Monday by about 2,500 union members who take care of the disabled. The employees work for private agencies in group homes and day programs that receive state Medicaid funding. The bill now goes to the Senate. Continue Reading →

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Workers who care for disabled vote to strike May 7

The employees work for private agencies in group homes and day programs that receive state funding, with the majority of that coming from the state Department of Developmental Services. The strike vote is aimed at prodding the legislature to increase funding for these programs.  Continue Reading →

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Clock ticking on a bipartisan scramble to curb drug costs

With only two weeks left in the legislative session, a Democratic lawmaker and the state comptroller are feverishly working to bring to the House floor proposed legislation that is considered Connecticut’s most comprehensive effort so far to control high prescription drug costs. Continue Reading →

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After abuse scandal, CT lawmakers push to reform Whiting

About a year after cruel, ongoing abuse of a Whiting Forensic patient was revealed, the legislature’s Public Health Committee has reported out three bills aimed at reforming the state’s only maximum-security psychiatric facility by increasing transparency and oversight. Continue Reading →

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Bills to mandate health coverage die in committee but some support remains

The two bills that would establish an individual mandate in Connecticut failed to make it out of committee, but Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney said Wednesday he would consider reviving the proposal by offering an amendment to other legislation. Continue Reading →

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Home-care contract wins bipartisan support ahead of vote

A bipartisan coalition of Connecticut lawmakers and the governor voiced support Tuesday for a proposed contract that will raise wages, provide workers’ compensation and increase training programs for about 8,500 home-care workers. The House and Senate are scheduled to vote on the contract Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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CT ponders an individual mandate — and two vastly different penalties

A legislative committee aired two bills Thursday that would establish a state individual health care mandate and push back on Congress’s recent repeal of the Obamacare penalty, but the bills would impose radically different fines for those who fail to buy insurance coverage. Continue Reading →

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Community health centers, facing fund cutoff, get short reprieve

Despite congressional inaction, the federal agency that oversees community health centers has sent money to some centers in Connecticut and committed this week to send funding to more, giving them a temporary reprieve from potential layoffs and cuts to services. Continue Reading →

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