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Insurance department rejects 35 percent rate hike, approves 10 percent cut

The Connecticut Insurance Department has rejected a request by The American Republic Insurance Company to raise premiums by an average of 35 percent for individual-market health plans, ruling that it would be excessive. The proposal would have affected 81 policyholders in the state. The covered policies are “grandfathered,” meaning they do not have to comply […]

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House passes most favored nation ban

A proposal to ban a controversial provision used in contracts between health care providers and insurance companies passed the House by a vote of 140-0 Thursday. It now goes to the Senate. The provision, known as a most favored nation clause, requires a hospital or health care provider to give an insurance company the lowest […]

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Medical marijuana bill approved by final committee

A bill legalizing marijuana for medical use was voted out of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding committee Tuesday. The bill gives physicians the authority to write prescriptions that would permit their patients to grow marijuana indoors. The current bill does not provide for operation of marijuana dispensaries, as other states’ laws do, but some backers are […]

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Pre-existing condition insurance program growing, but still below expectations

Enrollment in the recently created insurance program for people with pre-existing conditions is up nationally, but in Connecticut, only 51 people were participating by the end of March, according to new federal figures. And the 18,313 people participating nationally is still far below the 200,000 the Congressional Budget Office estimated would be enrolled by 2013, […]

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Manchester, Rockville hospitals to get medical students

Starting this summer, Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals will become teaching hospitals. The hospitals and their parent company, Eastern Connecticut Health Network, are affiliated with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Beginning in August, third-year medical students will begin training at the hospitals, which will also provide training to fourth-year medical students […]

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More physicians learning about their patients’ culture

Physicians in Connecticut are trying not only to attend to their patients’ health needs but also to better understand their diverse cultures — with more than half of the physicians in the state having completed culture awareness courses. A survey released two years ago by the Connecticut State Medical Society revealed few doctors had such […]