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Trump administration proposes new rule requiring separate premium bills for abortion coverage

The Trump administration wants insurers that offer plans through Access Health CT, Connecticut’s Affordable Care Act exchange, and other exchanges nationwide, to send people separate monthly bills for the cost of their abortion coverage — in addition to the bill they get for their regular premium costs. Continue Reading →

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CT sees sharp decline in uninsured low-income adults in rural areas

Connecticut saw one of the biggest drops in the uninsured rate among low-income adults living in rural areas and small towns compared to other states, according to a national study released this week. The uninsured rate in the state’s sole non-metro county, Litchfield, fell from 32 percent in 2008-09 to 9 percent in 2015-16. Continue Reading →

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CT Insurance Dept. mulling expansion of ‘short-term’ plans

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday issued final rules that would allow states like Connecticut to allow the sale of cheaper, skimpier health care plans that were originally intended for short-term use but now be available for 364 days, or nearly 12 months at a time. Now, it’s up to state officials to allow the sale of these short-term plans, which do not have to cover pre-existing conditions. Continue Reading →

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Bills approved mandating ‘essential benefits,’ helping uninsured pregnant women

A bill headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk would give uninsured women the ability to sign up for health insurance after they learn they are pregnant. A second bill sent to the governor requires individual and small-group health insurance policies to cover the same 10 “essential health benefits” the Affordable Care Act mandates. Continue Reading →

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Murphy introduces ‘Medicare for more’ health plan option

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Wednesday introduced legislation that would allow individuals and businesses to purchase Medicare coverage. Murphy and co-sponsor Sen. Jeff Merkley say there’s little chance of immediate passage of the bill, but say there is a need for public discussion on ways to shore up the Affordable Care Act. Continue Reading →

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Bills to mandate health coverage die in committee but some support remains

The two bills that would establish an individual mandate in Connecticut failed to make it out of committee, but Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney said Wednesday he would consider reviving the proposal by offering an amendment to other legislation. Continue Reading →

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CT ponders an individual mandate — and two vastly different penalties

A legislative committee aired two bills Thursday that would establish a state individual health care mandate and push back on Congress’s recent repeal of the Obamacare penalty, but the bills would impose radically different fines for those who fail to buy insurance coverage. Continue Reading →

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White House moves to allow Obamacare rival

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday moved forward on allowing Americans to purchase short-term health plans that may be more affordable than what’s on the market right now but would not contain the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections and would undermine the health care law. Continue Reading →

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Trump order pushes GOP ideas on insurance choice, curbing costs

The president’s executive order is aimed at expanding lower-cost insurance options, allowing employers to give workers money to buy their own coverage, and slowing insurance and hospital industry consolidation. Critics said the changes, if implemented, could result in more bare-bones coverage and pulling healthier people out of struggling insurance markets, leading to higher premiums for those who remain. Top Connecticut Democrats blasted the order. Continue Reading →

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GOP effort to repeal Obamacare dies, but Murphy expects new challenges

WASHINGTON — While GOP Senate leaders threw in the towel Tuesday on their latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Chris Murphy said he expects new challenges to the Obama-era health care law. “I don’t think Republicans can quit this,” Murphy said. Continue Reading →

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Head of CT medical society says fix, not repeal, the Affordable Care Act

Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, sees the effect of the Affordable Care Act on doctors and patients every day. He knows what’s good about it and bad, and in this Sunday Conversation says why he wishes the nation’s legislators would include physicians in their healthcare debate. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy join Dem chorus on bipartisan ACA fix, but that may be elusive

WASHINGTON — After the collapse of GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, Democrats, including Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, called for bipartisan efforts to shore up the ACA. “Now we have an amazing opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to actually work together …” Murphy said. But whether bipartisanship can grow out of the bitter partisan fight over Obamacare remains to be seen. Continue Reading →

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Malloy: Senate bill would cost CT billions, end health care for thousands

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate’s health care bill would result in “devastating” Medicaid cuts to Connecticut, reaching $2.9 billion per year by 2026 and stripping tens of thousands of state residents of health care, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday. “Plain and simple — the Senate Republican version of Trumpcare is a greater disaster for the people of Connecticut…and needs to be stopped in its tracks,” Malloy said. Continue Reading →

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With Obamacare at risk in CT, 73K could lose subsidies

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WASHINGTON — Connecticut is among several states in danger of losing all of the insurers who participate in their Affordable Care Act exchanges – a move that would leave tens of thousands of state residents scrambling for coverage and ways to pay for it. Insurers say chaos in Washington, D.C., is to blame. Continue Reading →

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