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Insurers seek rate hikes for 2019, but less than previous year

Most insurance companies selling individual and small group health plans in Connecticut have requested significant rate increases for next year, attributing the proposed hikes to growing health care costs and uncertainty in Washington D.C. about the erosion of the Affordable Care Act.

Published on 20 July 2018 | 5:59 pm

By way of Virginia super PAC, wealthy donors boost Stefanowski

A Virginia super PAC is providing a way for seven supporters of  Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski to collectively spend nearly $350,000 on his behalf — 100 times the maximum $3,500 contribution each could give directly to Stefanowski’s campaign for the GOP nomination.

Published on 20 July 2018 | 9:00 am

Republican candidates take swing at labor

A proposal Thursday by Republican gubernatorial candidate David Stemerman to cut the ranks of state employees, privatize state services and force employees and retirees to accept smaller pensions is the latest sign of the Connecticut Republican Party's  comfort in engaging public-sector unions in open warfare.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 10:31 pm

DCF seeks independent review of children’s psychiatric hospital

Connecticut Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz said on Thursday she is seeking an independent review of the state-run psychiatric facility for children where a pregnant teenager hanged herself last month.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 9:53 pm

Lots of plans, but still no product for the Health Information Exchange

Nearly 18 months and $5 million later, Connecticut’s fourth attempt to create a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) is still in the planning phase.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 9:14 pm

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.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 9:02 pm

CT adds 6,100 jobs in June as unemployment drops to 4.4 percent

Connecticut’s unemployment rate improved slightly in June, dropping from 4.5 to 4.4 percent as the state gained 6,100 jobs, the Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 3:41 pm

Democratic candidates vie for crowd approval during Hartford forum

About 100 people came to the Hartford Public Library to hear the gubernatorial contenders, Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, and lieutenant governor candidates, Susan Bysiewicz and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, answer questions regarding education, immigration, policing, marijuana, and at times, even their perceived moral turpitude.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 4:42 am

Stemerman on offensive, says it’s time to show differences

FAIRFIELD -- On and off stage Wednesday night, the Republican gubernatorial field turned on Bob Stefanowski, reinforcing a narrative his opponents are promoting in public forums and new advertising: GOP primary voters cannot trust a man who enrolled as Democrat in 2016 and did not vote for Donald J. Trump — or anyone else — for president.

Published on 19 July 2018 | 3:54 am

Malloy names Pedro Segarra to Workers’ Compensation post

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday nominated Hartford’s former mayor, Pedro E. Segarra, as a worker’s compensation commissioner and J. Lawrence Price, a former West Hartford councilman, as a family support magistrate.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 9:36 pm

Medicaid transportation contractor still stuck on the basic problems

More than two dozen healthcare providers and advocates attended a meeting Wednesday to voice what are now familiar complaints against Veyo, a Total Transit Company contracted since January to provide transportation for Medicaid patients to and from appointments across the state of Connecticut.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 9:34 pm

CT sues DOJ over immigration conditions on policing grant money

WASHINGTON – Connecticut on Wednesday joined five other states in suing to block the Justice Department for its efforts to punish so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions by putting immigration-related conditions on federal policing grants. Connecticut would lose more than $1.7 million in Byrnes crime-fighting grants if it does not comply with the conditions.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 8:55 pm

Lembo will oppose $10 M analysis of tolls, but plan likely still to pass

State Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo said Wednesday he will not support Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to borrow $10 million to fund a new analysis on electronic tolling.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 8:39 pm

May’s storm leaves the state with multi-million dollar clean up

On the evening of May 15, dozens of children huddled in Hamden’s West Woods Elementary School as the town’s emergency responders wrestled their way through collapsed trees that blocked the entrance to the building. The students in West Woods were just a handful of the victims of the violent May storm, which killed two, injured 83, knocked out power to 182,000 residents, caused more than $13 million in damage and destroyed 25 homes statewide. The storm damage was so extensive, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy filed a request for aide with the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 8:18 pm

Parents of immigrant children brought to CT granted parole

Two immigrants who were reunited with their children in Connecticut after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been granted six months of parole.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 5:25 pm

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