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UPDATE 1-Magellan Health Services Q1 beats on higher segment profit
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Magellan Health Services Inc posted a quarterly profit that beat market expectations, helped by higher segment profit, and raised its full-year profit outlook.
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Conn. Police Collecting Unused Prescription Drugs
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Connecticut state police and federal agents will be collecting unused prescription drugs in an effort to prevent pill abuse, theft and potential health hazards.
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Fire Damages Home In Avon
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Emergency crews responded to a fire in Avon Thursday night. Fire was reported at 3 St.
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Fire Heavily Damages Avon Home
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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AVON Fire heavily damaged a home at 3 St. Andrews Drive Thursday night. The two adults and two children in the home at the time of the fire escaped without injury, fire officials said.
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Supreme Court: State can cut medical benefits to legal noncitizens
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April 8, 2011

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the state can cut off medical assistance to legal noncitizens who have been in the country fewer than five years, clearing the way to implement a 2009

 
Annual dental clinic gives free care, but need not going away
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April 17, 2011

WATERBURY--Robin Stewart and her husband got to Wilby High School around 10:30 Friday night, early enough to secure a parking spot and a place in line. The Stonington couple had packed their car with

 
Supreme Court justices question states' global warming lawsuit
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April 19, 2011

WASHINGTON--The Supreme Court waded into the political and environmental thicket of global warming Tuesday, in a case that will determine whether Connecticut and other states can force power plants to

 
Disparity called the greatest health risk
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April 19, 2011

One prominent doctor called it the greatest risk to health. Another called it a threat to national security. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called it a scandal.

 
Incoming DSS commissioner: 'We have a complete system to overhaul'
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April 20, 2011

The barriers state residents face in reaching the state Department of Social Services are unacceptable, and the options they have for accessing services are "woefully inadequate," incoming

 
Advocates for elderly oppose Malloy move on assets
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April 20, 2011

Advocates for seniors are fighting a proposal by the Malloy administration that aims to save close to $30 million a year by reducing the amount of assets a person can keep if his or her spouse is in

 
SustiNet deal reached, but without a 'public option'
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April 20, 2011

The Malloy administration and Democratic legislative leaders have reached an agreement on the proposed SustiNet state-run health plan, with a deal that calls for opening the state employee health

 
Budget deal restores some social services cuts, leaves others
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April 21, 2011

The budget agreed to by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic legislators restores funding to several health and social services programs that the governor initially proposed trimming.

But it also

 
SustiNet backers not giving up on public option
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April 22, 2011

Supporters of the proposed SustiNet state-run health plan were meeting Wednesday night when word trickled in that lawmakers had reached an agreement on the proposal. It would not include offering

 
Berwick: Connecticut can be a prototype in health system changes
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April 25, 2011

Connecticut can be a prototype for the country in implementing federal health reform and transforming the health care system, a key Obama administration official said during a visit to the state

 
Health care reform forum draws thin crowd with broad concerns
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April 26, 2011

DANBURY--Two women worried about losing their health insurance wondered what they could do. An insurance broker asked how more money could be squeezed out of insurance companies that he said make

 
Fight for 'public option' goes on, Donovan tells SustiNet rally
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April 27, 2011

A week after lawmakers reached a compromise that leaves SustiNet backers short of their goals, leaders of the push for the proposed state-run health plan told supporters that the fight isn't

 
Physicians: Are small practices going the way of the house call?
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April 7, 2011

NEW BRITAIN--Dr. Lawrence Koch began practicing medicine in what he calls "the golden era." For 27 years, he cared for patients in his private practice.

But in the mid-1990s, as payment rates from Medicare and private insurers declined and paperwork increased, requiring more employees to handle

 
Hospitals facing a double hit from Hartford, Washington
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April 25, 2011

WASHINGTON--Frank A. Corvino, the CEO of Greenwich Hospital, is still reeling from the fiscal punch from Hartford, in the form of a proposed new tax on hospitals across Connecticut. Now, he's girding for a second hit from Washington, where federal Medicare

 
SustiNet backers dispute analysis saying plan would cost millions
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April 5, 2011

Opponents of the proposed SustiNet state-run health insurance plan say a nonpartisan report showing the plan could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year will be a significant blow to

 
A prayer of consensus?
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Liberals claim that the founding fathers separated church and state, while conservatives argue that the founders made faith a foundation of our government.
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Manchester: ECHN Offers New Surgical Treatment Approach For Chronic Sinusitis
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Biz Buzz Submitted by Amy Lantaigne, Eastern Connecticut Health Network, on 2011-04-28.   Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. Eastern Connecticut Health Network is offering a new treatment approach for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis, an inflammation of the
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Connecticut police and DEA collecting unused prescription drugs in safety effort - The Republic
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Connecticut police and DEA collecting unused prescription drugs in safety effort
The Republic
Connecticut state police and federal agents will be collecting unused prescription drugs in an effort to prevent pill abuse, theft and potential health hazards. Troopers are urging the public to bring unwanted or expired prescription drugs to one of ...

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SustiNet: Dead, Dying or only Sleeping ?
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Like a scene out of a Monty Python skit we hear that SustiNet is not dead after all.
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Chocolate Milk Wars
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Does chocolate milk have as much sugar as soda? A lot of people are cheering the fact that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver convinced the Los Angeles School District's superintendent John Deasy to ban flavored milk in L.A. schools.
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Naval Hopital Bremerton takes pharmaceuticals out of landfill waste
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Friday, 29 April 2011
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Naval Hospital Bremerton Monday received an award for its work to clean toxic waste from the overall waste stream of the 36-bed acute care hospital.
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Questions about top Berkshire exec's exit linger
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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Warren Buffett is sure to face tough questions about former Berkshire Hathaway executive David Sokol at this weekend's shareholders meeting.
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ER Visits Keep Increasing, Survey Finds - Los Angeles Times
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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ER Visits Keep Increasing, Survey Finds
Los Angeles Times
More than 80 percent of Connecticut doctors responding to a new poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians said that emergency visits are increasing at their hospitals, and more than 95 percent expect increases next year. ...

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Aetna Rises After Insurer Increases 2011 Profit Forecast - Bloomberg
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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MiamiHerald.com

Aetna Rises After Insurer Increases 2011 Profit Forecast
Bloomberg
The stock is up 36 percent over the past 12 months, compared with a 14 percent rise for the Standard & Poor's Health Index. The Hartford, Connecticut-based insurer forecast profit of $4.20 to $4.30 a share for 2011, more than a previous outlook of as
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Windham One Of Three Hospitals In State To Be Awarded Grant - Hartford Courant
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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Windham One Of Three Hospitals In State To Be Awarded Grant
Hartford Courant
The Windham Hospital Foundation was awarded a grant of $4960 from the Connecticut Office of Rural Health to improve outcomes for patients served by the hospital. The grant will assist Windham Hospital's efforts to reduce the number of readmissions to ...

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Memorial for CT workers killed on job - WTNH
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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Memorial for CT workers killed on job
WTNH
The president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO argued in favor of a pending piece of legislation called The Captive Audience. "It gives us a right to not be held captive and told by employers that unions are bad and let me say this about health and safety, ...

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Capitol rally says: Get on board for health care - People's World
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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The Connecticut Mirror

Capitol rally says: Get on board for health care
People's World
A cross section of Connecticut residents jammed into the Hartford train station Wednesday, April 27, to demand that the governor and state legislature "get on board" for SustiNet, the state health care program with a public option. ...
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Connecticut unions eyeing stunning Mass. House action on collective bargaining - fairfieldweekly.com (blog)
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
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Connecticut unions eyeing stunning Mass. House action on collective bargaining
fairfieldweekly.com (blog)
... which is dominated by Democrats (just like they dominate the Connecticut General Assembly) voted 111-42 to take away collective bargaining rights from municipal teachers, police and other local public employee unions when it comes to health
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Fight for 'public option' goes on, Donovan tells SustiNet rally - The Connecticut Mirror
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
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The Connecticut Mirror

Fight for 'public option' goes on, Donovan tells SustiNet rally
The Connecticut Mirror
"We're going to create that public option in Connecticut so that everybody can afford health care." Juan A. Figueroa, president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, which created the original SustiNet
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Guest column: Reducing hospice care would be step back for state - Norwich Bulletin
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
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Guest column: Reducing hospice care would be step back for state
Norwich Bulletin
By By NATALIE O'NEILL My husband of 45 years, the 84th governor of Connecticut, William A. O'Neill, passed away three years ago after a long battle with emphysema. Bill received outstanding health care for his disease from doctors, nurses and health ...

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CEO Of Johnson Memorial Medical Center Steps Down - Hartford Courant
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
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CEO Of Johnson Memorial Medical Center Steps Down
Hartford Courant
When Johnson Memorial filed for bankruptcy in 2008, many worried that the hospital might be in danger of closing, especially after a deal to merge with Eastern Connecticut Health Network fell through. But despite saying that Johnson Memorial couldn't ...

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Bad Drug Reactions: Sharp Rise Nationally - Connecticut Watchdog
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
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Bad Drug Reactions: Sharp Rise Nationally
Connecticut Watchdog
By Ct Health I Team | Last updated Apr 27, 2011, 7:20 pm By Colleen Shaddox The number of hospital patients having bad reactions to medications has gone up 52 percent in five years, according to a federal report. The Agency for Health Care Research and ...

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Sleepy's Gets Clean Bill of Health from Connecticut - Consumer Affairs
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
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Consumer Affairs

Sleepy's Gets Clean Bill of Health from Connecticut
Consumer Affairs
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says his office have found no evidence that the mattress and bedding company violated state laws. The investigation began in late 2009 in response to consumers who complained about the quality of the ...

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Wallingford's Masonicare to pay $448000 for improper Medicare, Medicaid billing - Post-Chronicle
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011
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Mansfield Today

Wallingford's Masonicare to pay $448000 for improper Medicare, Medicaid billing
Post-Chronicle
... Turmelle Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford has reached a civil settlement with the federal government in which it will pay nearly $448000 for improper billing to Medicare and Medicaid. David Fein. US Attorney for the District
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Backers of Connecticut's health care reform tout progress, swallow their ... - Ct Post
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Tuesday, 26 April 2011
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Backers of Connecticut's health care reform tout progress, swallow their ...
Ct Post
SustiNet faced stiff opposition from Connecticut's private insurance industry and was dealt a crippling blow this month when a nonpartisan analysis concluded it could cost $478.6 million annually. And Malloy, who critics argue as a gubernatorial ...
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Supreme Ct. hears oral arguments in pharmacy data case - Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
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Tuesday, 26 April 2011
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Los Angeles Times

Supreme Ct. hears oral arguments in pharmacy data case
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Connecticut-based pharmaceutical data-collection company IMS Health, two other data-collection companies and PhRMA, a pharmaceutical industry association, challenged the constitutionality of the law. They argued that the statute
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Connecticut Hospital, Health Center Achieve Interoperability - Becker's Hospital Review
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Monday, 25 April 2011
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Connecticut Hospital, Health Center Achieve Interoperability
Becker's Hospital Review
According to the news report, Community Health Center, which has multiple locations throughout Connecticut, has had an electronic health record in place since 2006. However, the EHR was limited in the types of information it could share with other ...

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New database provides information on 'hospital-acquired conditions'
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April 15, 2011

According to controversial new data released by the federal government, foreign objects were left in Medicare patients after surgery four times at one Connecticut hospital from October 2008 through

 
LIFE GOES ON: Protect Yourself and Be Your Own Healthcare Advocate - Connecticut Watchdog
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Saturday, 16 April 2011
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LIFE GOES ON: Protect Yourself and Be Your Own Healthcare Advocate
Connecticut Watchdog
Agencies in Connecticut such as www.creativeinterventions.com change the lives of children and parents. INSIST. You do not need to get your doctor's permission or approval. Listen to your intuition. Get her the help she needs. Be her advocate. ...

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'Pay Czar' Talks About Assigning Dollar Values To Lives Lost And Other Claims
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Saturday, 16 April 2011
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The dollar value of a life, it turns out, isn't as difficult to calculate as one might think.
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Japan Horror Sparks East End Fears Over Aging Millstone Plant in Connecticut - Patch.com
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Saturday, 16 April 2011
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Japan Horror Sparks East End Fears Over Aging Millstone Plant in Connecticut
Patch.com
We are watching and we are trying to learn what we can from an event so we can make whatever improvement we need to maintain public health and safety at Millstone.” A team is in place to review emergency procedures and equipment, he added, ...

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Being Teated for Bipolar II Disorder - TRCB News
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Saturday, 16 April 2011
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USA Today

Catherine Zeta-Jones Being Teated for Bipolar II Disorder
TRCB News
Catherine Zeta-Jones' representative confirmed on Wednesday that the celebrity went through a treatment for bipolar II disorder at a Connecticut mental health facility. David J. Miklowitz, PhD, a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine ...
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