More than 11,000 Medicare enrollees in CT would have seen an average $590 savings if there was a monthly insulin cap in 2020.
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Lawmakers pledge to address health care worker shortage
CT legislators will look at mandated nurse staffing ratios, mandatory overtime and examining recruitment and retention strategies.
Lamont proposes easing access to birth control pills
CT lawmakers from both parties have also proposed bills legalizing the sale in vending machines of emergency contraceptive Plan B.
CT Republicans introduce bills on parental notification for abortion
CT legislative leaders say parental notification bills are unlikely to be successful this year, but advocates want to “get a dialogue going.”
CT issues finding of ‘immediate jeopardy’ at Athena nursing home
The finding indicated that CT officials found conditions at the Newtown nursing home that could cause serious harm or death.
CT Medicaid expansion launches for kids of any immigration status
CT lawmakers last year approved an expansion of Medicaid to those 12 and younger regardless of immigration status. It went into effect Jan. 1.
Health advocates outline priorities for upcoming legislative session
Advocates hope CT lawmakers expand HUSKY eligibility, address staffing shortages in health care, improve mental health resources and more.
BEST OF 2022: Housekeepers know they’re essential. They want to get treated like it.
Many housekeepers at Connecticut hospitals say COVID-19 pandemic benefits have only come after prolonged demands for recognition, if at all.
BEST OF 2022: A quarter of Connecticut doctors work for big hospitals. Is that good for patients?
As the health care industry becomes more concentrated, private practices struggle to compete with big systems. Instead, they’re joining them.
BEST OF 2022: Long COVID persists, but doctors are working on treatments
With a growing number of people getting long COVID, treatment programs have launched in CT and elsewhere to help people manage the symptoms.
BEST OF 2022: Demand for nurses is urgent. CT’s colleges and universities can’t keep up.
CT needs 3,000 new nurses a year, and only 2,000 graduate — and many of them leave the state. Worsening matters is a shortage of instructors.
BEST OF 2022: As COVID hangs on, the ‘new normal’ is leaving many behind
Some who are immunocompromised or who care for an at-risk loved one are at higher risk now as COVID restrictions begin to fall away.
BEST OF 2022: As hospital systems grow in Connecticut, rural patients lose services
In CT, rural hospitals have shut down intensive care and labor-and-delivery services as their health systems have consolidated operations.
BEST OF 2022: Connecticut’s roads are deadlier than ever. Figuring out why is complicated.
Since the start of the pandemic, the number of people dying in traffic crashes in Connecticut has surged and shows no signs of slowing.
Lawmakers outline health policy priorities for upcoming session
Pressure is mounting on legislators to tackle the escalating cost of health care, to expand access to care and more in the upcoming session.