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Health First Authority meeting update

By Ellen Andrews | February 20, 2008

At today’s meeting of the Health First Authority, their fifth, members expressed frustration with the group’s slow progress. The group…

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AG refuses DSS lawsuit against advocates, supports free speech rights

By Ellen Andrews | February 20, 2008

In a very strongly worded letter, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal rejected DSS Commissioner Mike Starkowski’s request to hire outside attorneys…

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DSS comes to Appropriations

By Ellen Andrews | February 18, 2008

Last week the Appropriations Committee met with state agencies on the Governor’s budget adjustments. Friday was DSS Commissioner Mike Starkowski’s…

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Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending

By Ellen Andrews | February 18, 2008

In a recent report, the Congressional Budget Office found that Medicare spending varies significantly by geographic region, even after controlling…

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Governor’s proposal to cut interpreters faces opposition

By Ellen Andrews | February 18, 2008

An article on ctnewsjunkie.com reports on Friday’s press conference by legislators opposing Governor Rell’s proposal to cut $4.7 million for…

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Two studies question cost effectiveness of prevention and treatment

By Ellen Andrews | February 15, 2008

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine challenges the dogma that prevention always pays. This is especially…

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Free prescription drug samples less likely to go to poor or uninsured patients

By Ellen Andrews | February 15, 2008

$16.4 billion in free drug samples were distributed to US patients in 2004, up from $4.9 billion in 1996. Samples…

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Policymaker Issue Brief No. 43 – 2008 Upcoming Health Issues for Connecticut

By Ellen Andrews | February 15, 2008

CT will face some important health policy issues this year including HUSKY, Medicaid, Charter Oak and Covering the Uninsured. For…

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Vote for your favorite among three current proposals to cover CT’s uninsured

By Ellen Andrews | February 6, 2008

Three proposals have been made by the Governor and legislative leadership to cover CT’s uninsured. Currently, the Governor’s charter Oak…

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