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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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GOP primary rivals for U.S. Senate, Corey, Rapini, blast Murphy, not each other

Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race is a sleeper compared to the high-profile contest for governor or some of the other hot races this year. But, in a polite rivalry, Republicans Matthew Corey and Dominic Rapini are competing to see who can criticize Sen. Chris Murphy the most — and challenge him in November. 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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Murphy, gun control groups ramp up fight against Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – Gun control groups, who are among the most active in the “stop Kavanaugh” movement, were helped by Sen. Chris Murphy on Thursday as they ratcheted up their opposition to President Donald Trump’s choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. 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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Connecticut seeing surge of voter registrations since 2016 election

Connecticut residents are registering to vote at an unprecedented rate in a non-presidential election cycle, indicating increased interest in politics since President Donald Trump won the White House, analysts say. According to data from the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office, from the 2016 election through June of this year, 81,908 new voters registered as Democrats, compared to 43,390 who registered as Republicans. Continue Reading →

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It’s a ‘Year of the Woman’ in races for CT general assembly

 The number of party endorsed candidates for Connecticut’s general assembly who are women has risen since the last election cycle, paving the way for more women in the state legislature and following a national trend that has made this a “Year of the Woman” in politics. Continue Reading →

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There’s a reason CT Dems among the first to say they’ll vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump nominated federal judge Neil Gorsuch to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court last year, Connecticut’s Democratic senators waited two months to decide to vote against the candidate. Not this time with Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, They were among the first out of the gate to say they will vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. Continue Reading →

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Drug prices keep rising despite efforts to address problem

Some days, the inflammation and pain from rheumatoid arthritis makes it almost impossible for Tracy Braun to even sit up. “Sometimes I can’t even get up on my own,” she said. Braun is among a growing number of Americans who are finding it difficult to afford needed medicines, and a solution to their problem in Washington D.C. may continue to be elusive.
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Two immigrant children in Connecticut sue over family separations

With the help of Connecticut attorneys, two children who were taken from their parents at the U.S.- Mexico border and sent to a Connecticut facility are suing the federal government for the “psychological and mental harm” caused by the separations. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal sounds alarm over ACA protections

Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday promoted a key Democratic strategy to try to block President Donald Trump’s choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court,  warning the candidate would roll back the  Affordable Care Act’s popular guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Continue Reading →

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Murphy says GOP should adhere to ‘Merrick rule’ with new Supreme Court pick

Washington — President Donald Trump has not named a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped Sen. Chris Murphy from saying he’ll block the president’s pick. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut’s Schick razors receive a waiver in tariff war

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration new policy on imported steel and aluminum has prompted  dozens of Connecticut companies to ask for an exclusion from new tariffs on these metals, but only one, Schick Manufacturing Inc. of Shelton, has as yet received a waiver. Meanwhile, the European Union has counter-punched and President Donald Trump threatens to escalate the trade war. Continue Reading →

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Reuniting immigrant kids with parents? Not so easy.

WASHINGTON – After a day visiting immigration facilities at the Texas border Friday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said  “there is no plan, there is no strategy” to reunify immigrant kids who have been separated from their undocumented parents. Others say it will be difficult, for a number of reasons, for migrant kids to rejoin their parents. Continue Reading →

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