State officials say the vaccine rollout is similar to the mass testing plans and hunt for protective equipment last spring.
Like many businesses in Connecticut, community health centers are facing deep financial losses during the public health emergency.
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WASHINGTON — To avoid another government shutdown, the U.S. House on Tuesday passed a spending bill that would fund the Pentagon until the end of the federal fiscal year – with big boosts for the Connecticut defense industry — and keep other federal agencies running until March 23. But approval of the bill is just one maneuver in a complex budget dance between congressional Republicans and Democrats this week that also will feature a face-off between the House and Senate.
Coverage of children who depended on HUSKY B lurched from month to month before Congress approved the continuing resolution that ended the shutdown. But there was no funding for community health centers, which serve many HUSKY B children and Medicaid recipients.
WASHINGTON — Saying the deal was not good for Connecticut, most Connecticut lawmakers on Monday voted against a short-term spending bill that will reopen the government. The Connecticut Democrats who opposed the CR said it failed to fund programs important to the state and to protect young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers.” But it did authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as HUSKY B in Connecticut, for six years.
WASHINGTON — Whether, and how, Congress comes to an agreement on a massive spending bill to fund the federal government will impact Connecticut in several ways. The health of the state’s defense industry, as well as that of thousands of Connecticut children, and the fate of immigrant youth and the Affordable Care Act are at stake.
Connecticut officials said Friday they were unsure what the temporary lifeline Congress threw the Children’s Health Insurance Program — known as Husky B in Connecticut — would mean for the state.
WASHINGTON — With the clock ticking toward a government shutdown, the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday approved a short-term spending bill that may give temporary relief to thousands of Connecticut families who have been notified that health coverage for their children will soon end. But Connecticut’s lawmakers voted against the bill because it fails to provide relief from deportation for immigrant youth or long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program or community health center grants.
WASHINGTON — Consumed by its effort to pass a federal tax overhaul this week, Congress has failed to pass a budget that would keep the federal government operating past midnight on Friday. Attempts to find a solution to this problem will have their impact in Connecticut, determining how long the state can continue a health program for children and how long its defense contractors can hire new workers.
Federal money for community health centers in Connecticut and across the nation remains in limbo, causing center officials to create contingency plans that include layoffs and cuts to services.
WASHINGTON — A program that provides health care to about 17,000 Connecticut children and teenagers has become a victim of Washington’s bitter partisan war, and the state is expected to tell thousands of families that coverage for those children may end at the end of January.
School-based health centers have widespread support among policymakers. Research has linked them to better academic and health outcomes, and experts consider them a key way to help students access mental health care. So why do they keep facing budget cuts?
Norwalk Community Health Center’s pilot program is small. But in shifting how care is delivered for patients with complex needs, it has implications for how the center treats all of its patients. It’s also an example of what a major, ongoing change in health care delivery could look like, a shift that could, ultimately, affect all patients in Connecticut.
There is a brewing health care crisis in Connecticut, and it involves the state’s poorest and most vulnerable population of people. The good news is there is still time to solve it. Despite Connecticut being the richest state in the country, there are still hundreds of thousands of people here who live at or below the poverty line. These are working people, people who do their best to support themselves and their families but who still depend on the basic core safety net of services provided by the state of Connecticut. For most of this population, there is only one place to turn for health care services – Federally Qualified Health Centers.
The move is similar to one the administration made in suspending $140 million in payments for hospitals, and led health center officials to warn that it could cost jobs and set back services for poor patients.