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CT gets almost $2 million for school-based health centers

Connecticut is slated to get nearly $2 million in federal grant money for school-based health centers, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The funding is part of the health reform law, which authorized a total of $200 million over three years for the School-Based Health Center Capital Program. The program awards […]

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Malloy signs bill inspired by Rockville birthing center closure

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill requiring hospitals to get state approval before eliminating inpatient or outpatient services, reversing a change made last year. The bill was inspired by the closure of the birthing center at Rockville General Hospital last year, which occurred without a public approval process. Previously, hospitals seeking to terminate […]

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Super-PACs and dark money: A guide to the new world of campaign finance

Get ready for yet another “most expensive election in history,” Kim Barker and Marian Wang say at ProPublica–this one fueled with massive amounts of money coming from “more players with more opportunities to hide the source.” Encouraged by recent court decisions, Republicans and Democrats both have been raising vast sums from wealthy donors freed from […]

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Medicare board under political microscope in the House

How to curb health care costs in the Medicare program? One solution, included in the federal health reform law, is the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a controversial federal panel established to make some of the tough decisions Congress has shied away from. But even as Medicare is a hot topic in Washington’s budget-and-deficit talks, opposition […]

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Medicare officials will fix error that could have cost CT hospitals $30 million

The federal Medicare and Medicaid agency has agreed to correct a $30 million mistake how it calculates payments to Connecticut hospitals. The Connecticut Hospital Association first caught the error, a provision in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ complex reimbursement rules. The CHA determined that the error would have cost one hospital in Rep. […]

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Wilson-Foley challenges Connecticut Democrats over debt

Republican businesswoman Lisa Wilson-Foley made a move Thursday in her campaign for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. She said she will ask voters to sign an open letter addressed to Democrats U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and Independent U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman asking them to adopt a “Balanced Budget Amendment” before voting […]

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Blumenthal lauds reversal on suicide condolence letters

Sen. Richard Blumenthal applauded the White House’s decision to begin sending condolence letters to families of service members who commit suicide. Previously, the Administration’s policy had been to only send letters to families of personnel who were killed in combat or noncombat incidents in war zones. The White House initiated a review of that policy […]