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Mon March 17, 2014
Testimony Given on Aid-in-Dying Bill; Drop in Hospital Revenue
The legislature's Public Health Committee heard testimony on a bill which would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives. It's supported by an advocacy group called Compassion and Choices, which has spent thousands lobbying for the bill---while the Catholic Church, along with the Family Institute of Connecticut, have voiced strong opposition.
The Connecticut Hospital Association said last week that collectively, state hospitals saw their operating income decline by a $175 million in 2013, based on financial reports filed with the state Office of Health Care Access. The association said that means there is less money to spend on equipment and technology, patient care and facilities maintenance.
Connecticut Health Insurance Marketplace Less Competetive
A report released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows the individual health insurance market is less competitive in Connecticut since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Of the seven states to release enrollment data by insurer, Connecticut and Washington had fewer options for people buying health plans on the individual market.
Legislation to Better Protect Those Filing Restraining Orders
A public hearing today on a bill aimed at better protecting people who file for civil restraining orders. Lawmakers are looking into new protections for people who apply for restraining orders, including preventing the subjects of the orders from turning off home utilities and cancelling insurance policies.
Impact From Moratorium on Tax Credits for Film Production
A moratorium on state tax credits for film production in Connecticut is having an impact.State officials say requests by movie producers to film in the state have fallen sharply.The state budget approved last year by Goveror Dannel Malloy and the legislature imposed a two-year moratorium on film production tax credits.
End of Life Choices