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Refilled DSS eligibility positions exempt from hiring freeze

The expanded hiring freeze announced Friday does not affect the recent approval of hires to fill vacant eligibility positions at the state Department of Social Services. In a memo to agency heads Friday, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes said that previously approved refill authorization for most vacant positions had been rescinded. But […]

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New hospital tax formula makes new winners and losers

A new method for calculating the proposed tax on hospitals, part of the budget agreed to by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislators, changes the projected financial outcomes for hospitals. Yale-New Haven Hospital would gain $27.2 million under the plan. Greenwich Hospital remains the biggest projected loser, although its loss–$7.3 million–would be less than […]

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GOP’s Medicare proposal generates political heat

It didn’t take long for the House Republican’s budget proposal-which, among other things, calls for turning Medicare into a voucher program-to become a flashpoint in Washington’s never-ending campaign cycle. Democratic-leaning groups have launched TV and radio ads targeting House Republicans who voted for the plan. And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is doing robocalls in […]

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Paid sick leave measure clears Judiciary Committee, goes to next Appropriations

Legislation requiring many Connecticut employers to provide paid sick leave cleared another legislative hurdle Tuesday, and will likely be considered by the legislature’s budget-writing committee next. The Democrat-controlled Judiciary Committee on Tuesday adopted the bill over Republican objections in a vote largely along party lines. The measure technically heads now to the Senate, but will most […]

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The start of a medical home boom?

Two large medical groups have become officially recognized patient-centered medical homes, significantly increasing the number of Connecticut health care providers with the designation. The patient-centered medical home concept is becoming increasingly popular in health care. It emphasizes care coordination, with health care providers taking responsibility for all of their patients’ health care needs, including arranging […]

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Controversial Obama appointee coming to CT to discuss health reform

One of the Obama’s Administration’s most controversial appointees will be in Hartford Monday to talk about one of its most divisive achievements-health care reform. Donald Berwick, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will be meeting with Gov. Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, and Rep. John Larson, to discuss health reform. […]