A CT judge ruled the U.S. must stop enforcing a rule that ended some Medicaid enrollees’ benefits. But it’s unclear when coverage will resume.
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CT DHMAS commissioner tapped for federal position
Miriam Delphin-Rittmon has been nominated for a post at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CT hospitals follow Trump administration mandate to report COVID cases to HHS, not CDC
Rep. Rosa DeLauro slammed the new reporting requirement, saying it’s an attempt by the Trump administration to ‘hide’ COVID cases.
Connecticut receives its first, small, allotment of coronavirus-fighting remdesivir
Although it is a coronavirus “hot spot,” Connecticut was not among those to receive the first shipments of the drug.
DeLauro, fellow Democrats, decry conditions at center for migrant youth
DeLauro said she will hold the Trump administration’s “feet to the fire” over its treatment of immigrant youth at a July 24 hearing.
DeLauro to lead congressional group to Florida center for migrant children
Rep. Rosa DeLauro says she hasn’t been told whether she and other lawmakers will be allowed to meet with migrant children at the Florida facility.
DeLauro bid to help immigrant children gets bipartisan support
WASHINGTON – With bipartisan support, a key House panel adopted two measures sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro aimed at pressing the Trump administration to improve its reunification of immigrant families separated at the U.S. border and boost funding for a mental health program that would help the children recover from the separations.
CT senators say Trump administration blocked visit with immigrant kids
Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say they were prevented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from touring a facility in Groton on Friday that houses immigrant children. “This denial of access to a facility in our own state is outrageous, and we will keep doing everything we can to support Noank and to reunite these kids with their families,” the senators said.
DeLauro: Republicans are ‘cowards’ for postponing bill to address immigrant family separations
WASHINGTON — Rep. Rosa DeLauro on Tuesday accused Republican members of an appropriations committee of “cowardice” because they postponed consideration of a bill Democrats planned to amend with provisions targeting the separation of immigrant families at the border. A GOP spokeswoman said there just hasn’t been enough time to consider the bill.
Murphy demands answers from Price on anti-Obamacare videos
WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy and two of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate, are questioning whether Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price misused taxpayer money through advertising and public relations efforts aimed at undermining the Affordable Care Act.
As ACA faces new challenges, fixes not assured
WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act is facing more challenges than at any time since its initial enrollment period in 2013, when the program was bedeviled by technical glitches. Besides rising premiums and fewer choices in Connecticut and elsewhere, there’s uncertainty a new Congress and a new administration will make fixes to the ACA that will improve its health.
Murphy presses for mental health overhaul
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy has teamed up with a Louisiana Republican to press for an overhaul of the nation’s mental health system at a time when Congress – stung by a rash of mass shootings by mentally unstable people – may be willing to consider changes.
Gun control activists shift tactics
Washington – With Congress opposed to even the most modest efforts at gun control, activist are hoping a sympathetic White House will make gun ownership a public safety issue and pour money into public information campaigns and gun research.
Feds finally move on mental health parity
Washington — Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that the Obama administration has finalized regulations that would bar insurers from treating mental illnesses differently from other ailments. Parity has been a longtime issue for mental health advocates, especially since Congress approved a law in 2008 that barred insurance companies from discriminating when it came to the treatment of mental illnesses.