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New England among the costliest for individual health plans

Premiums for individual market health plans vary widely across the country, with Connecticut and New England among the most expensive, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The average monthly per-person premium nationwide last year was $215, but the costs varied significantly between states. In Vermont and Massachusetts, premiums averaged more than $400 […]

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St. Francis, Johnson Memorial to explore affiliation

The parent companies of Hartford’s St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs are exploring an affiliation, the latest in a series of possible hospital mergers and alliances in the state. According to a statement released by the two organizations, the proposed affiliation would “help maintain an inpatient hospital presence […]

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Walmart, Dunkin’ Donuts top employers of HUSKY recipients

Walmart, Dunkin’ Donuts, Stop & Shop, McDonald’s, and the First Student transportation company employ the most workers whose families rely on the state’s HUSKY health insurance program for low-income children and their parents, according to a report by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research. The report identified the 25 companies with the most employees who […]

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Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan premiums being lowered for most members

The state has received federal approval to set a flat premium for its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, allowing anyone who qualifies to get coverage for $381 a month, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. The new rate will take effect Sept. 1. Currently, the premiums vary by age, with rates as high as $893 a month. […]

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DPH to end licensing for funeral homes, embalmers, some clinics

As part of a plan to cut $20.6 million in two years, the state Department of Public Health will stop licensing funeral homes, funeral directors and embalmers, college infirmaries, and certain types of clinics, the department announced Monday. The cuts stem from a budget gap created when state employee unions rejected a concession deal aimed […]

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States all over the map on exchange creation

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported Wednesday on states’ progress in developing one of the key pieces of federal health reform, the health insurance exchange, and found that Connecticut is among the states furthest along. The federal reform law requires each state to have a health insurance exchange–a marketplace for buying coverage–by 2014. The exchanges will […]

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Hartford Hospital getting new CEO

Hartford Hospital will get a new CEO next week, while its current chief executive will continue to lead the hospital’s parent company. Jeffrey A. Flaks, Hartford Hospital’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will become CEO Monday. President and CEO Elliot Joseph will remain president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare, the parent company. “Hartford […]

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Disability insurance program a target in debt talks

Health care spending is a target in every debt-reduction package that’s being talked about in Washington these days. One program that’s currently in the bulls-eye: the so-called CLASS Act, or Community Living Assistance Services and Supports. It was created under federal health reform to increase health care options for people with disabilities, seen as a […]