health care

Women's Health
12:01 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Advocates Say Backlog of Rape Kits Exists Nationwide

Courtesy of Jackson Films

Advocates for sexual assault victims contend there's a backlog of untested rape kits nationwide. 

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Where We Live
10:51 am
Mon September 19, 2011

LGBT Health Care

There are an estimated 9 million gay, lesbian, and transgender people in the US.  

And statistics are not easy to find - as this population has not been accurately counted in the large national population based-surveys, including the census.

But one thing researchers and advocates do know is that our health care system does a poor job reaching out to serve their very specific needs.

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Health Insurance
5:24 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Anthem Proposes Rate Increase For Individuals

Insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is asking the state for an increase in the rate it charges for its individual health plans.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. According to a filing with the state insurance department, Anthem wants to increase rates by 12.9 percent for some of its policies.  Arielle Levin Becker covers healthcare for the Connecticut Mirror. "Anthem is asking for a 12.9 percent increase and it's across several different products that they offer, several different types of individual  market plans.

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Where We Live
8:05 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Scared Sick

All the news about health and medicine we’re exposed to might lead some to healthier lifestyles...but to some people, all this information can cause a problem.

For hypochondriacs, a little knowledge about health and medicine can lead to a fear of everything that can possibly go wrong with their bodies.

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Hartford Business
2:41 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Rethinking, And Rebranding, Hartford

The Faith Middleton Show
8:30 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Treat Me, Not My Age; And The Great Typo Hunt

Ed Yourdon

 

Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctor's Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or Your Loved One Gets Older

A must-have manual for anyone 40+ to take control of their health in a broken health-care system.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:28 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Getting Healthy With Dr. Reza Yavari And Bird Watching On The East End Of Long

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Dr. Reza Yavari, from Beyond Care, discusses losing weight, getting healthy, and his software application, The Yavari Indicator, which can determine the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. And from The East End of Long Island, discover why the region is considered a paradise for bird-watchers. 

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Healthcare
2:30 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Malloy Expected to Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Courtesy of Flickr CC By Laughing Squid

A marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to the Governor's desk.  As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the state Legislature approved a measure where adults will face a fine instead of jail time for possessing a half-ounce or less of pot.

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Healthcare
5:13 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Will This Be the Year Connecticut Legalizes Medical Marijuana?

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The legislative session ends next Wednesday, June 8, and there are dozens of bills that lawmakers have yet to take up. One bill that has bi-partisan support this year is a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports

The General Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill in 2007 only to see then-Governor Jodi Rell veto it. This year's proposal is similar; the bill would allow patients with certain debilitating medical conditions to obtain a prescription for small amounts of marijuana for palliative use.

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Health Care
6:29 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Health Premiums Double In Decade

Connecticut’s private employers have seen the price of health insurance premiums for workers and their families rise 102 percent since 1999, an analysis by C-HIT shows. The amount that families pay for this coverage rose an even steeper 107 percent.

The increases came during a decade when median household income in Connecticut grew by less than one third.

C-HIT’s review also found wide geographic variations in the insurance premiums charged for Connecticut families. 

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Cash Flow
2:53 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Budget Officials Get a Second Surge of Unexpected Money

It almost sounds too good to be true: state budget officials, who already saw revenues surge by nearly $400 million over the past month, now say anticipated savings in retired worker health care costs have grown by some $100 million in the same period.

And though Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo said his office was somewhat conservative in assessing the account that it controls, he added that a number of factors made the $117.4 million savings--equal to nearly 20 percent of the entire annual allocation--difficult to predict before now.

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Paid Sick Days
4:58 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Paid Sick Days Make Their Way Toward Law

Thomathon photo via Flickr Creative Commons

With strong support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the Senate voted 18 to 17 Wednesday to pass the nation's first state mandate on private employers to offer paid sick days. It now goes to the House, where passage is expected. The bill, which passed with only one Republican vote, has a limited reach, applying to dozens of specific types of service workers at companies with more than 50 employees. Sponsors say it will affect 300,000 workers.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:21 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Faith Middleton Show: The Future Of Hospice?

Nate Ferdinandt

An emotional debate concerning proposed changes to regulations governing nonprofit hospice care. We look at what those changes would mean for the patients.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:21 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

The Future Of Hospice?

Nate Ferdinandt

An emotional debate concerning proposed changes to regulations governing nonprofit hospice care. We look at what those changes would mean for the patients.

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Health & Wellness
3:01 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Study Finds Link Between Lead Poisoning And Mastery Test Scores

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A new study finds a link between lead poisoning in young children and lower scores on the CT Mastery Tests.  And black children in the state are more likely to be exposed to lead.

First, researchers looked at blood lead data for all Connecticut 4th graders in the 2007-2008 school year. Then they studied test scores on the CMTs.  

Rebecca Anthopolis is a statistical analyst with the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Duke University where the data were analyzed.

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Where We Live
10:13 am
Tue May 10, 2011

Design Thinking Takes On Health Care

Brooke Singer

From shopping to banking to taxes “design thinking” is all around us....But beyond the buzz phrase, what does it mean?

Here’s another one: “Data Visualization” - and you’ve gotta come up with something better than an overhead projector showing a pie chart.  

Today we try to understand these new ways of looking at the systems that govern our lives, health, finances, even our environmental impact.  

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Reporters on Health Care Reform

Chion Wolf

This week, state officials got a visit from an administrator in the Obama administration - who gave the state high marks for its efforts to implement health care reform.

But tell that to supporters of a “public option” under the state-run SustiNet plan, who held a rally to try and get that back into the state’s reform plan.   

Meanwhile, in Vermont, we’re hearing some say that state is moving toward “single-payer” health care - a kind of holy grail for some reform advocates.  Others say, hold on...it’s not really a single payer system.

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Inmate Health
10:51 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Mentally Ill Inundate State Prisons

Casey Serin, Creative Commons

About one in five prisoners in Connecticut is receiving mental health treatment .

According to the 2010 recidivism report recently released by the state, inmates with mental health problems are significantly more likely to end up back in jail once they get out.

The statistics reveal a flawed system of treatment and rehabilitation for the mentally ill in the state’s justice system - but it’s not confined to Connecticut.  

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Time is Money
9:19 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Small Businesses Call For Reform Of Tax Code

It can cost small businesses between $5,000 and $10,000 just to administer their tax returns each year. That’s the finding of a new survey, which calls for radical improvements to the tax code. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

The National Small Business Association conducted a survey of its members on how much time and money it takes them to comply with the federal tax code.

“The tax code is incredibly complex”

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Health Care
10:55 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Obama Health Care Reform, One Year Out

One year ago today President Obama signed into law his health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Today at the state Capitol a host of supporters, including most of Connecticut's Washington delegation, will join together to celebrate the anniversary.  We checked in with Judith Stein, the executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, to hear how this law has affected Connecticut residents over the past year.

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Health Care Reform
10:29 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Connecticut Insurers Weigh in on Federal Reform

Courtesy of Aetna

Insurers in Connecticut say they’re in dialogue with state officials as the new federal health care exchanges are constructed. The exchanges are due to go into effect in 2014. 

The Malloy administration has put new efforts into implementing the federal health care reform law, and special adviser to the governor, Jeanette DeJesus says many stakeholders, including the insurers are active in the process.

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Health Care
10:13 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Businesses Question Health Care Reform in Connecticut

WNPR’s Small Business Project is taking an in-depth look at the health care crisis facing small employers. In the second of our two reports, WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on what’s being done to address the problem.

Almost everything about health care reform is controversial. But one thing everyone does agree on. It’s time to act.

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Health Care
9:59 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Health Care Crisis for Connecticut's Small Businesses

One of the biggest financial concerns most small businesses face is providing health care. This week, WNPR’s Small Business Project is taking a two-part look at the health care crisis facing small employers. In the first of her reports, Harriet Jones talks to the businesses that are feeling the pinch.

Adchem Manufacturing Technologies in Manchester is a very successful Connecticut small business, employing 35 people.

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small business
9:39 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Small Suppliers Seek Big Business

courtesy Larry Berk

“Buy local” has become a rallying cry for small businesses attempting to revive the high street. But it’s also a good message for those small businesses whose customers are big business. Plenty of small suppliers in Connecticut would like to see big corporations and state government look first in their own backyard when they spend money.

For the latest of WNPR’s small business profiles, business reporter Harriet Jones met with one such small supplier. 

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Patient Rights
2:59 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

New Federal Rules for Hospitals Concerning Patient Rights

Nathan & Jenny Creative Commons

Hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid have new rules to follow concerning patient rights. Earlier this month, the federal Department of Health and Human Services implemented the new federal regulations that were first proposed by President Obama in 2010.

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