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States look for new ways to curb Medicaid costs

States are trying every which way to reduce unnecessary ER visits by Medicaid patients, with the various initiatives all aimed at bringing down the skyrocketing costs of that joint state-federal health program for the poor and disabled, according to a Kaiser Health News story. But those efforts are being frustrated “by hospitals’ aggressive marketing of […]

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Waterbury Hospital to merge with St. Mary’s, private group

Waterbury Hospital announced Tuesday that it would join a joint venture between St. Mary’s Hospital and a private Texas hospital group, moving forward with long-contemplated plans to merge the city’s two hospitals. Under the planned joint venture, which must receive regulatory approval, both hospitals would be replaced by a new medical center, an investment of […]

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State gets $6.7 million for exchange plans; first meeting Aug. 29

The state has secured a $6.7 million federal grant to help create a health insurance exchange, the marketplace for purchasing coverage that must be operating by 2014 as part of federal health reform. In addition, officials announced that the first meeting of the quasi-public Connecticut Health Care Exchange will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, […]

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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 […]