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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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Murphy, Corey in a quiet contest for U.S. Senate in contentious midterm

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s race for U.S. Senate gives voters a clear ideological choice between Chris Murphy, a progressive Democrat seeking re-election to that chamber for the first time, and Matthew Corey, a conservative Republican who has never held public office and is running on his “outsider” status. Continue Reading →

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ACA enrollment begins as voters say health care is top concern

The sixth open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act begins Thursday, as the future of the health care law, and its protections for pre-existing  conditions, has emerged as a top concern for voters across the nation in the midterm elections. 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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Dems try to link Stefanowski to Trump’s health care policy

NEW HAVEN – U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy tag-teamed with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont on Friday to paint the candidate’s Republican rival, Bob Stefanowski, as a Trump acolyte when it comes to health care policy. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal releases ‘confidential’ emails, grills Kavanaugh on ACA, Mueller probe

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday joined frustrated Democratic colleagues in releasing documents once designated as “committee confidential” as a way of exposing what they say are Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s true positions on abortion, affirmative action and other issues. Blumenthal also tried again to pin down Kavanaugh with questions about the Affordable Care Act, Robert Mueller’s investigation and President Donald Trump’s insults of sitting judges. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal spars with Kavanaugh over abortion rights, presidential powers

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who has already decided to vote against the Supreme Court nominee, had his first chance Wednesday to cross swords with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on a series of issues that included abortion rights and presidential powers. Continue Reading →

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Dems warn insurers may deny coverage to sick people as Texas court takes up ACA case

WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers warned Wednesday of a “double whammy” that would obliterate the Affordable Care Act — a case being argued before a Texas judge that could result in a repeal of the health care law, and the likely confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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Study: 24 percent of Hartford area residents have pre-existing health problem

WASHINGTON – Nearly one-in-four residents of the Hartford metropolitan area have a pre-existing medical condition that might make it difficult for them to obtain insurance coverage for that illness if a key provision in the Affordable Care Act is overturned, a new study says.
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Why Connecticut Dems love John McCain

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal plans to attend Sen. John McCain’s funeral services here later this week and Sen. Chris Murphy will likely attend the invitation only  ceremony, too. The adulation of McCain by Democrats is based on his heroic military service and his willingness to cross party lines. But McCain’s feud with President Donald Trump made him more likeable among Democrats, too. Continue Reading →

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Wade: State law bars sale of Trump’s ‘junk’ short-term health plans

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The Connecticut Insurance Department has determined state law prohibits the sale of skimpy “short term” plans that are being promoted by President Donald Trump as a cheaper alternative to Affordable Care Act coverage. “Connecticut already has the necessary statutory consumer protections in place to prohibit ‘junk plans,’” said Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal presses state for protections in ‘short-term’ health plans

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday said he’s talked with state officials about placing consumer protections on any new health insurance policies sold in Connecticut once the new Trump administration regulation on short-term plans takes effect in about 60 days. 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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‘Warrior of religious liberty’ Kavanaugh could shift church-state balance

WASHINGTON — There’s concern Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will speed the Supreme Court’s steady shift from a strict separation between government and religion and that his approach to religious liberty cases would determine the intensity of that trend for decades. Considered a “warrior of religious liberty” by some of his conservative admirers, Kavanaugh has defended the use of taxpayer money for religious schools and backed student-led prayers at high school football games. Continue Reading →

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