An unintended consequence of Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s advocacy for Medicare drug price reforms is that it underscores nothing has happened.
As COVID-19 scams grow, Blumenthal presses for federal crackdown
The pandemic has unleashed a wave of charlatans and hucksters who have endangered people’s lives and stolen their money.
As the workforce ages, lawmakers revisit age discrimination
With one in four workers now aged 55 and older, Connecticut lawmakers of both parties are rallying around a relatively modest bill aimed at age-discrimination.
Tax breaks for seniors could widen gap between CT’s rich and poor
In their push to make Connecticut a more attractive place to retire, have policymakers inadvertently worsened the inequality gap in a state already known for its extremes of income and wealth?
ACU promotes Trump’s end to drug rebates, CT insurers oppose plan
President Donald Trump wants to end a complex system of drug rebates to lower the cost of medicine, but health insurers say it won’t work.
For the second time, health program for CT seniors in the budget bulls-eye
To save money, the state proposes to implement an assets test for the popular Medicare Savings Program.
Larson holds hearing on Social Security reform
Rep. John Larson’s bill would boost Social Security benefits, and provide more generous cost-of-living increases.
AARP poll finds ‘clarity’ on issues, but not on Connecticut races
Voters age 50 and older are evenly divided on their choices for governor of Connecticut, while strongly supportive of issues relating to retirement security, health care, paid family leave, and long-term care, according to an AARP-commissioned poll released Wednesday.
Mirror/AARP Google Hangout on choosing an electric supplier
Join us for our third Google Hangout as we have a conversation about state laws intended to help people weigh the risks and benefits of choosing a third-party electric supplier versus staying with the standard offer provided by your local utility, Eversource or United Illuminating. Shop carefully. Some retailers are offering rates cheaper than the standard offer, but they charge enrollment fees that can quickly exceed the modest savings.
Malloy to veto retirement security bill if revisions aren’t made
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday he would veto a heavily lobbied bill establishing a private-sector retirement program overseen by a quasi-public authority unless revisions are made in special session next week.
A divided CT House passes retirement security legislation
The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives outlasted a Republican filibuster early Tuesday to pass legislation that would create a quasi-public authority to offer private-sector workers a retirement savings program. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was non-committal on the bill, but says he favors a key provision: a mandated payroll deduction for retirement savings.
General Assembly’s shrinking agenda frustrates progressives
A prominent pollster gave House and Senate Democrats a private rundown on the mood of the Connecticut electorate Thursday. The news surprised no one. Voters are unhappy with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and they see pretty much every issue paling in importance next to the state’s business climate.
VIDEO: How to ensure CT residents can ‘age in place’
Ensuring that seniors can “age in place” – that is, receive long-term care at home or in their community, rather than in a nursing home – is a major policy goal of Connecticut leaders. In a Google Hangout video, experts discuss efforts to achieve it by addressing transportation, housing, home health care and workforce issues. In one Connecticut town, the high school football team also played a role. The hangout was sponsored by AARP Connecticut.
Partisan split over state role in private-sector retirement
The investment industry and Senate Republicans lined up Tuesday against a Democratic proposal to create a state-sponsored retirement savings program for the 600,000 private-sector workers in Connecticut who have no access to a payroll savings plan.
CT lawmakers push back on pharmaceutical issue in TPP
WASHINGTON – As negotiators for a massive Pacific Rim trade pact meet in Maui for a final round of talks, Connecticut lawmakers are pressing for changes they say will keep the price of key medicines affordable for patients who need them overseas and in the United States.