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Trump administration proposes new rule requiring separate premium bills for abortion coverage

The Trump administration wants insurers that offer plans through Access Health CT, Connecticut’s Affordable Care Act exchange, and other exchanges nationwide, to send people separate monthly bills for the cost of their abortion coverage — in addition to the bill they get for their regular premium costs. Continue Reading →

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Community Conversations: A need for more health care and health care reform

During this election season, the CT Mirror convened groups of people from around the state to ask their opinions on key campaign issues and their perceptions of the appropriate role of government. A common theme emerged: health care — the cost, the disparities and the need for change. Continue Reading →

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Access Health CT launches new online tool to compare plans

Officials from Access Health CT, the state’s health insurance exchange, are urging their customers, especially those who qualify to be automatically re-enrolled in 2019, to explore their options for next year using a new online tool and other resources available through the exchange. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut Insurance Department approves CVS-Aetna merger

The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved CVS Health Corp’s $69 billion merger with Hartford-based Aetna Inc.
The approval is contingent on Aetna completing the sale of its standalone Medicare Part D prescription plan business. Continue Reading →

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More than half of CT health care systems in the black in 2017

Nine of the 16 health systems in Connecticut ended 2017 in the black, according to a report by the state Office of Health Strategy. Collectively, the systems took in about $14.2 billion in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2017. After expenses, this left about $580 million — a 4 percent total margin. Continue Reading →

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CT sees sharp decline in uninsured low-income adults in rural areas

Connecticut saw one of the biggest drops in the uninsured rate among low-income adults living in rural areas and small towns compared to other states, according to a national study released this week. The uninsured rate in the state’s sole non-metro county, Litchfield, fell from 32 percent in 2008-09 to 9 percent in 2015-16. Continue Reading →

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CT hospitals collect $1.2B in outpatient facility fees over three years

Connecticut hospitals and health networks have received an estimated $1.2 billion in outpatient facility fees from 2015 through 2017, according to data announced on Tuesday. These fees are collected for a wide-range of services, including oncology, eye surgery, psychotherapy and primary care, provided at off-site facilities run by hospitals and health networks. Continue Reading →

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Insurance Department approves on average 3 percent rate hikes for 2019 plans

The Connecticut Insurance Department announced Thursday that premiums for individual and small group plans can rise only about 3 percent on average in 2019, lower than the increases approved in recent years. Continue Reading →

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Medicaid transportation contractor improving, but complaints continue

Veyo has made some marked improvements in recent months, but the company hired to oversee the transportation of Medicaid patients continues to be criticized for its performance and has been fined several times by the state for contract violations. Continue Reading →

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Panel: Women would retain right to abortion in CT if Roe v. Wade is overturned

If the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established women’s constitutional right to abortion were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, women would still have that right in Connecticut where it was codified into law decades ago, participants in a state discussion panel said Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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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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Plaintiffs ask court to find DSS in contempt in Medicaid case

This is a picture of Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby.

The plaintiffs in a federal class action lawsuit who settled with the state Department of Social Services want a judge to find the state in contempt for failing to process certain types of Medicaid applications in the mandated timeframe. The state argued it shouldn’t be found in contempt because the plaintiffs did not prove all elements for contempt. Continue Reading →

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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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