Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 5:37 pm
The Republican-controlled House has voted to keep the government funded but its "continuing resolution" comes with a poison pill to defund the Affordable Care Act that Democrats have vowed is dead on arrival in the Senate.
Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 9:43 am
The nation's health spending will bump up next year as the Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage to more Americans, and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections by government actuaries.
That estimate is lower than the typical annual increases before the recession hit. Still, the actuaries forecast that in a decade the health care segment of the nation's economy will be larger than it is today, amounting to a fifth of the gross domestic product in 2022.
There's just a month to go before those without health insurance can go online to buy it through a state-sponsored website. The goal of the Affordable Care Act is to offer health insurance to more people at a lower cost. And now, the next step is upon us.
Connecticut’s governor has talked openly about his developmental struggles. He's also one in five people who has dyslexia. It’s a developmental reading disorder that causes difficulties with spelling, reading and writing.
Dyslexia is something that keeps Malloy from being able to read and write as well as he’d like to this day, but it also drives him.
A lot of Americans get their health insurance from their job. And according to a new study, the price of that insurance went up by about four percent last year. A new report finds that annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,300 this year -- up four percent over last year.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, which runs the state’s mosquito trapping and testing program, is reporting record numbers of mosquitoes this year. Chief Entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis says it’s a direct result of the heavy rains.
On Tuesday, President Obama announced that one-year delay for a crucial aspect of his Affordable Care Act. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the delay gives businesses another year to figure out how to comply with the law. One of the basic premises of Obama's healthcare law was that it would expand health insurance coverage to more people.
Hospitals are making cuts to programs and staffing following the passage of the new state budget. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. First, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford cut funding to a city infant mortality program. Then, last week, Waterbury Hospital announced it is cutting its workforce. Both hospitals blamed the cuts on a decrease in state funding.
Each year, children across the country have a hard time caring for their teeth. A new study says that the problem is made worse because kids can't get in to see a dentist. The report comes from the Pew Children's Dental Campaign and makes two big observations.
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is cutting funding to a Hartford program that targets infant mortality. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the hospital says the recently passed state budget is to blame. The Maternal Infant Outreach Program is almost 30 years old and is jointly funded by two hospitals and the city of Hartford.
The state has a problem. People who apply for food and medical benefits often face substantial delays before finally getting their approvals. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, it's an issue that has now twice ended up in federal court. Advocates for the poor say the solution is in the staffing. The state Department of Social Services says it's about efficiency, technology, and leadership.
The state has a problem. People who apply for food and medical benefits often face substantial delays before finally getting their approvals. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, it's an issue that has now twice ended up in federal court. Advocates for the poor say the solution is in the staffing.
Commercial insurers are very close to revealing the rates they’ll charge for healthcare plans under the new Connecticut healthcare exchange. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it’s been a long, uncertain road to get here.
Advocates for the poor the state is so understaffed that it isn't processing Medicaid paperwork fast enough. The result, they say, is that the state misses federal deadlines and leaves thousands of poor patients without medical care. These arguments are now playing out in federal court.
Advocates for mental health have been expressing concern about the conversation in American following the Newtown shootings. While we still don’t know the details of whatever mental illness Adam Lanza may have suffered from, and we don’t know the particulars of his treatment or medication, lawmakers from all sides of the debate over guns have drawn mental health care into the discussion.
A few weeks ago, the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP released a report showing significant health, economic, and educational disparities between White and minority populations....so significant that they’re calling it a modern day “urban apartheid.”
Connecticut's system of primary healthcare still relies heavily on small, physician-owned practices. It's a quaint hangover in a world that's increasingly dominated by large multi-specialty groups, and hospital-owned practices. But as WNPR's Harriet Jones reports, Connecticut's small practice doctors are looking to wield just a bit more clout.
Dr Doug Gerard sees his last patient of the morning. He's an internist in New Hartford, the only primary care doctor in town.
"Knock on wood, I haven't missed a day in practice due to illness since the beginning."
Michael Ellison has a tough assignment. He's the associate dean of admissions choosing the first class of a brand new medical school, the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
"We have over 1,600 applicants, and we will interview 400 for 60 spots," Ellison says.
The school has a very specific mission: minting doctors who want to go into primary care practice.
Studies show that poor oral health can make young people suffer in ways adults would never tolerate. "For some kids, they are scared forever. I know people who will not talk. They will not open their mouth. They will cover their mouth," said Dr. Tryfon Beazoglou, who recently co-authored a report with Joanna Douglass, also from the University of Connecticut's School of Dental Medicine. "Often many of these children have had pain for so long that they act out in other ways and it's picked up as behavioral problems in the class room," Douglass said.
Earlier this week, the Department of Defense officially announced it will extend certain spousal benefits to partners of gay and lesbian service-members. It's another step in a policy shift to treat all service members equally since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
The Sandy Hook shootings have resulted in a special bipartisan task force of the Connecticut legislature. Last week’s public hearing dealt with recommendations to enhance school safety. Today’s lengthy hearing is about reducing gun violence, and tomorrow they’ll talk about increasing access to mental health care.