Health Care

Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

Thousands of Americans are again searching for health insurance after losing it for 2016. That's partly because some large, low-cost insurers — health cooperatives, set up under the Affordable Care Act — are folding in a dozen states.The startups were supposed to shake up the traditional marketplace by being member-owned and nonprofit. But it was tough to figure out how much to charge. Plans available through the co-ops tended to be priced low, and customers poured in.Yet many of these new...
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Discussion Continues on Cost -- and Benefit -- of Hartford's I-84 Viaduct Replacement

How to best rebuild the massive, elevated I-84 viaduct flowing through the center of downtown Hartford remains an open question and state officials find themselves facing a dizzying array of engineering questions and lots of numbers.
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Brussels will remain in a heightened state of security until at least Monday, the country's prime minister Charles Michel said.

Schools and universities will reopen Wednesday and the subway system will begin reopening on Wednesday too. Still, said Michel, the country is still facing a "serious and imminent" threat.

Since Sunday, authorities have been carrying out raids in an attempt to stop what they suspect is planned Paris-style terrorist attack on Belgium's capital city.

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In what will not be the final game played on a natural grass surface at Yale Bowl, Harvard beat Yale 38 to 19, clinching a share of the Ivy League football title on Saturday in West Haven.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in Saturday's election, marking a change in the political landscape in the conservative South.

Edwards will be the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, where Republicans dominate politically.

You could almost have predicted the outcome of the race based on the candidates' election night parties. Sen. David Vitter was set up at a hotel near the airport, while John Bel Edwards lodged in the historic Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter.

Belgian prosecutors say they have arrested 16 people in raids Sunday night, after the city of Brussels spent the second day in a row on high alert.

Twenty-two raids were mounted, the prosecutors said — most in Brussels, and several south of the city. No explosives or firearms were recovered in the arrests, prosecutors say, and fugitive Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris attacks, was not among those arrested.

State Senator Elaine Morgan (R-Hopkinton), who attracted national criticism for an email in which she condemned Muslims, released a statement Friday defending her concerns about admitting Syrian refugees into the US.

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A nationwide shortage of saline solution, a fluid commonly used in I.V. bags in hospitals, is prompting response from the U.S. Senate. 

Saline solution is, essentially, sterile salt water. It's used in hospitals to hydrate patients and to mix and dilute medication.

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On Friday, an interfaith coalition gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to condemn terrorism and Islamophobia after last weekend's Paris attacks. 

Updated 9:55 p.m. ET: American Victim Identified

The family of Anita Datar, an international development worker, has confirmed she was the American who died in Friday's terrorist attack on a hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

The U.S. State Department released this statement on the family's behalf:

Paris Death Toll Continues To Climb

Nov 20, 2015

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told the French Senate that the death toll from last week's massacre in Paris had risen by one, to 130 people. Hundreds were also wounded.

The count does not include any of the attackers who died. Earlier today, the prosecutor's office in Paris confirmed the body of a woman is among three bodies found in the wreckage of Wednesday's police raid of an apartment in the Paris suburb of St. Denis.

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A children's advocacy group said in a new report that many people of color and young workers in Connecticut have been left behind in the economic recovery from the Great Recession that ended in 2009.


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Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foraging might call to mind images of hipsters picking food out of the trash.But one group in Massachusetts eats only the finest, freshest produce. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees in Cambridge and Somerville and turns it into jam.Sam Christy, a local high school teacher, started the league four years ago."I think the first year we thought if we can harvest maybe 50 quarts of jam.Ended up being 200 quarts, and then it sort of grew from there," he says. "We harvest...
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Making Allies Out of Mosquitoes

In the fight against malaria, a new gene-editing technique could make mosquitoes our friends.

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Drummer Reggie Quinerly Captains His “Invictus” Tour at Old Lyme Jazz Club

A venerable poem written 140 years ago by an unconquerably positive and invincibly sentimental Victorian scribe is the inspiration for a hip, 21st-century jazz drummer/composer's new CD, an irrepressibly soulful work that makes its Connecticut debut this weekend.
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When It Comes to Outdoor Malls, Connecticut Isn't That Revolutionary

Retail space is changing a little. But popular outdoor mall design still represents controlled public space.

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The Art and Power of Asking Questions

How a question is asked can be more powerful than the question itself.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Eyeing Second Week of December for Budget Session

Connecticut's legislative leaders said they're considering a possible special legislative session during the second week of December to address Connecticut's budget shortfall.
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