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by Christine Stuart | Mar 28, 2007 1:15 am
The attorney general weighed in Tuesday on the latest efforts to get recalcitrant HMOs to follow an order to disclose information about how they’re running HUSKY. Click here for a report by the Independent’s Capitol correspondent.
by Staff | Mar 27, 2007 2:19 pm
Click on the play arrow above to watch a, uh, revealing look at the challenge facing Connecticut as it stares at universal health care, courtesy of an ad from the Healthcare4every1 campaign coalition.
by Staff | Mar 27, 2007 1:06 pm | Comments (1)
Ricardo Henriquez (pictured), a one-time journalist in Chile, now works in Connecticut with other immigrants as an organizer in a statewide universal health-care campaign. He hasn’t lost his reporting touch; following are some stories he wrote about the merchants he meets on Grand Avenue in New Haven’s Grand Avenue.
by Christine Stuart | Mar 27, 2007 10:27 am
In an appeal to the Freedom of Information Commission Monday legal aid attorneys including New Haven’s Sheldon Toubman (pictured) claimed the Department of Social Services failed to obtain documents from one of the four HMOs under contract with the state to administer the HUSKY program.Click here to read a report from the Independent’s Capitol correspondent.
by Christine Stuart | Mar 25, 2007 12:02 pm
Talk show host Montel Williams said the public only sees him on television for one-hour a day. They don’t see him in the morning when it takes five to 10-minutes for him to get out of bed and put his feet on the floor—because he suffers from multiple sclerosis. He came to Connecticut to support a medical-marijuana bill; click here for a report from the Independent’s Capitol correspondent.
by Paul Bass | Mar 22, 2007 8:04 am
A new report, commissioned by the state’s Office of the Healthcare Advocate, reveals a major problem for people signed up with HMOs: finding a psychiatrist or other mental-health doc. The report, by Yale Medical School researcher Colleen Barry (pictured), derives from a survey of enrollees in six Connecticut HMOs. Barry found that 30 percent of the time, enrollees can’t find when an approved doctor willing to take new patients. Click here to read the survey’s results.
by Jason Bartlett | Mar 20, 2007 9:51 am
The state legislature is awash in competing ideas for how to fix the broken health care system—especially how to pay for the more than 300,000 uninsured and many more under-insured people in the state. Amid the committee votes and hallway maneuvering, freshman State Rep. Jason Bartlett, the Independent’s health-care diarist at the Capitol, found a sympathetic colleague to help him try to rescue his pet solution: A bill to set up a health care trust fund created by tobacco-settlement money. The clock was ticking. They had only minutes to race through the Capitol and save the bill. Follow along as Bartlett receives another lesson in how to try to make law under the dome.
by Paul Bass | Mar 16, 2007 9:01 am
A tense pow-wow between the mayor, state legislators and leaders of the Jewish Home for the Aged over plans to move nursing-home beds to the suburbs has left the politicians taking a decidedly noncommittal stance. Click here for the full story.
by Paul Bass | Mar 15, 2007 2:47 pm
More good news Thursday at the state Capitol for backers of universal health care after a key committee vote. Click here for a release from the Universal Health Care Foundation.
by Christine Stuart | Mar 15, 2007 7:59 am
A day after a state legislator spoke publicly about having been raped, House Speaker Jim Amann (pictured) offered an influential endorsement of a bill requiring hospitals to distribute Plan B to sexual assault victims. Click here for a report from Independent Capitol correspondent Christine Stuart.