Here is a sampling of health policy news from around the state from the past month. If you see something in your local newspaper that you would like featured here in future weeks, please contact Deb Polun at

Featured Stories 
2.15.17 CT Post: Collaboration Offers Drug-Free Pain Relief (feat. Optimus)
2.14.17 Greenwich Sentinel: Family Centers Health Care Offers Free Dental Screenings to Preschoolers
2.9.17 Norwich Bulletin: UCFS Ready to Close on Griswold Site Friday
2.1.17 CT Post: Confusion, Weather Cloud Last Day of Enrollment (feat. Southwest & Optimus)
1.31.17 WTNH: Last Minute Scramble to Sign Up for Health Insurance (feat. CHS)
1.30.17 The Hill: Community Health Centers Face Uncertainty Over Obamacare Repeal (feat. CHCACT)
1.26.17 New Haven Register: Mix of Programs Helps Low-Income Families in CT Build Healthy Eating Habits (feat. Fair Haven & Southwest)
1.26.17 CT Mirror: Access Health CT to Tighten Mid-Year Sign-Ups, Restore Broker Fees (feat. CHCACT)
1.25.17 The Day: Courtney, Local Groups Push Back Against ACA Repeal (feat. UCFS)
1.20.17 Norwich Bulletin: UCFS Design Plans Move to Griswold Planning & Zoning Commission 

State Health News
2.16.17 Fairfield County Business Journal: ConnectiCare/CliniSanitas Looking at Adding More Retail Stores
2.15.17 Hartford Business Journal: Western CT Doc Group Launches Telehealth Services
2.15.17 CT Mirror: With Demand Already Up, Free Clinics Anticipate More Need
2.14.17 CT NewsJunkie: Hartford Gets $2.35M to Fight Opioids
2.13.17 CT NewsJunkie: Lawmakers Weigh Raising Smoking Age to 21
2.8.17 CT Mirror: How Health Care and Medicaid Fare in Malloy’s Budget
2.3.17 Fairfield County Business Journal: Health Care Panel Favors Move from Volume to Value-Based Approach
2.2.17 Hartford Courant: Flu Season Progressing, Peak Still to Come
1.1.17 WNPR: Housing and Health Officials Hope to Improve Integration of HIV Care in Hartford
2.1.17 Hartford Business Journal: State Monitoring 30 Babies for Zika Side Effects
1.27.17 Fairfield County Business Journal: New Data Details Connecticut’s Smoking Problems
1.26.17 CT Mirror: Malloy Proposals Target Opioids
1.26.17 Hartford Business Journal: Hartford HealthCare, Go Health to Open Urgent Care Centers
1.25.17 Hartford Business Journal: Report – CT Needs to Improve Health Insurance Literacy
1.24.17 CT Mirror: Lembo Targets Skyrocketing Drug Prices
1.19.17 CT Mirror: Healthcare Advocate Nominee – Costs Are Too High
1.18.17 CT NewsJunkie: Nonprofit Alliance Suggests Budget Savings But Butts Heads With Union 

Health Insurance/Health Reform News
2.16.17 CT Mirror: GOP Gives House Members Plan to Repeal and Replace ACA
2.16.17 CT Mirror: Access Health CT At a Crossroads, Leader Says
2.16.17 CT Mirror: CT Uninsured Rate Among Lowest in Country
2.16.17 Hartford Courant: Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bill To Preserve Some Obamacare Benefits
2.15.17 Capitol Public Radio: A Look into An ACA-Created Teaching Health Center
2.10.17 CT NewsJunkie: How the Federal Health Care Debate is Shaking Out in CT
2.7.17 CT NewsJunkie: CT’s ACA Enrollment Dips in 2017
2.6.17 Hartford Business Journal: CT Expands Scrutiny of Health Plans
2.3.17 CT Mirror: Some Seek More Oversight of Access Health’s Funding
2.3.17 NPR: Employers Fear GOP Health Overhaul Could Damage Job-Based Insurance
February 2017 Governing: Has Expanding Medicaid Made People Healthier?
1.27.17 NPR: Hospitals Worry Repeal of Obamacare Would Jeopardize Innovations in Care
1.26.17 Kaiser Health News: At Party Retreat, GOP Searching for Health Law Consensus
1.26.17 Hartford Courant: Obamacare Repeal Talk Dampening Enrollment
1.23.17 Fairfield County Business Journal: 107,000 Join Obamacare in CT for 2017
1.20.17 CT Mirror: Access Health CT Wants to Require Broker Commissions
1.19.17 CT Mirror: Access Health CT Seeks to Tighten Mid-Year Enrollment Rules
1.18.17 NPR: Indiana’s Model for Medicaid Could Spread, But It’s Not Working for Everyone
1.17.17 Kaiser Health News: Budget Scorekeepers Say Republican Plan Would Raise Number of Uninsured by 32M  

National/Other Health News
2.17.17 Kaiser Health News: Alzheimer’s “Tsunami” Among Latinos Raises Concerns over Cost, Caregiving
2.17.17 Kaiser Health News: Treatment Gaps Persist Between High and Low Income Workers, Even with Insurance
2.15.17 CT By the Numbers: Health Consultants for Pre-School Children Can Improve Health
2.15.17 NY Times: Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor who First Prescribed It
2.15.17 NY Times: Mammogram Results Can Be Misleading
2.14.17 Governing: Leaked Trump Order Targets Legal Immigrants Who Use Benefits
2.13.17 CT Health I-Team: Menopause Puts Women At Higher Risk of Fall-Related Injuries
2.10.17 Fairfield County Business Journal: Study Finds Nearly 50% of Americans Concerned Their Health Care Data Will Be Hacked 
2.10.17 NY Times: Doctors See Gains Against an Urgent Threat – C-Diff
2.8.17 CT Mirror: Trump Attempt to Reign in Drug Prices May Have Limited Success
2.7.17 NY Times: Plain Old Vaping Gives Way to Dripping Among Teenagers
2.2.17 ProPublica: Will Trump’s Ban Cause Foreigners to Look Elsewhere?
2.2.17 Kaiser Health News: Women Fear Drug They Used to Halt Puberty Led to Health Problems
1.31.17 Kaiser Health News: Renewed Cleaning Efforts for Scopes Not Enough to Vanquish Bacteria
1.27.17 Kaiser Health News: Spreading the Word About HIV Prevention for African-American Women
1.24.17 Governing: The Nexus Between Data and Public Health
1.23.17 Kaiser Health News: Tackling Patients’ Social Problems Can Cut Health Costs
1.20.17 Governing: Judge Blocks Texas from Removing Planned Parenthood as Provider
1.19.17 USA Today: EpiPen Competitor Will Be Out in February, Free to 200M People
1.19.17 Kaiser Health News: Advocacy Group Pushes for Changes in SNAP