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Health Policy News

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

4.17.19 CT Health I-TeamSmoking Cessation Programs for People With Mental Illness are Hard to Find (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
4.17.19 PatchNorwalk Community Health Center WECARE Earns National Recognition
4.16.19 Norwich BulletinAutism Awareness – Putting the Pieces Together (feat. UCFS)
4.12.19 Brattleboro ReformerOp-Ed: Bernie Sanders – Community Health Centers Provide Affordable & Quality Care
4.10.19 Hartford CourantOp-Ed: Legislators, Remove Barriers to HIV Prevention for Youths (feat. Fair Haven Community Health Care)
4.10.19 New Haven IndependentReal Life HIV Stories PrEP State For Change (feat. Fair Haven Community Health Care)
4.9.19 New Haven IndependentFlood-Proofing Promised for Primary Care Site (feat. Cornell Scott-Hill, Fair Haven)
4.3.19 New Haven Independent$5.3 Million “Healthy Start” Grant Targets Men (feat. Cornell Scott-Hill, Fair Haven)
4.1.19 CT Health Foundation Blog“We Meet the Community Where They Are: What Makes Community Health Workers Unique” (feat, Optimus)
3.28.19 Hartford CourantRecovery Group for Teens, Families (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
3.24.19 CT PostSt. Vincent’s Will Host Community Forum on Health (feat. Optimus, Southwest)
3.22.19 New Haven IndependentPrimary Care Move Delayed to 2020 (feat. CS-Hill, Fair Haven)
3.21.19 Meriden Record-JournalState Panel Considering Screenings to Address Youth Suicide (feat. Wheeler Clinic)
3.19.19 The HourFederal Funds at Stake, Participation in 2020 Census Urged (feat. Norwalk Community Health Center)

State Health News

4.18.19 CT MirrorLawmakers – $53 Million Price Tag on Health Coverage for Undocumented Children Too High
4.17.19 Hartford Business JournalReport – Hospital Inpatient, ER Visits Down Sharply
4.14.19 Hartford CourantFree Dental Clinic Treats Hundreds of Underserved, Uninsured Patients
4.12.19 CT NewsJunkieFacing Challenges, Veyo Looks to Improve Further
4.12.19 CT MirrorThird Case of Measles This Year Confirmed in Connecticut
4.8.19 CT MirrorNew DCF Commissioner Emphasizes Importance of Safe Sleep for Babies
4.4.19 CT NewsJunkieDrug Treatment for Inmates Could Save Lives
4.4.19 CT MirrorBlacks Dying From Fentanyl at Same Rate as Whites for First Time
4.3.19 CT NewsJunkieOp-Ed: ACOs May Be the New HMOs and They Need a Watchdog
4.3.19 Hartford Business JournalCT Regulator Greenlights WCHN Merger, With Cost Cap
4.3.19 WNPRCommunity Health Workers Fill Gaps in CT and Look to Solidify Their Roles
4.2.19 CT by the NumbersFramework Proposed to Improve Child Health Services in CT
4.1.19 CT ViewpointsMental Health Patient Safety Must Come First
3.27.19 Hartford Business JournalReport: Hartford Area Ranks Fourth in Physician Wage Gap
3.27.19 WNPROutgoing Public Health Commissioner Talks Health Costs, Disparities And The State’s Future
3.25.19 Hartford Business JournalFeds Award CT $5.8M to Expand Opioid Treatment
3.24.19 CT By the NumbersFood Insecurity and Obesity Remain Unsettled Challenges for Many in CT
3.23.19 WNPRConnecticut Doctors Push Back Against Medical Cannabis for Opioid Use Disorders
3.22.19 CT MirrorNetwork Proposed to Help LGBTQ Community
3.21.19 CT MirrorFor the Second Time, Health Program for Seniors in the Budget Bull’s Eye

Health Insurance / Health Reform News

National / Other Health News

4.19.19 Kaiser Health NewsLiver Illness Strikes Latino Children Like a “Silent Tsunami”
4.18.19 New York TimesSenator McConnell, a Tobacco Ally, Supports Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes
4.18.19 NPRHigh-Deductible Insurance Plans Linked to Delayed Diagnosis & Treatment
4.16.19 APTelemedicine, Walk-In Clinics Cloud Role of Family Doctor
4.13.19 Daily BeastSyphilis is Spreading Across Rural America
4.12.19 New York TimesA New Rx for Diabetes – Lighten Up
4.10.19 CT NewsJunkieLarson Wants Spotlight on High Price of Meds
4.9.19 Governing78 New Measles Cases: Outbreak Approaches Record as Reports Spread to More States
4.3.19 VoxNicotine-Induced Seizures Could Be a Side-Effect of Vaping
3.29.19 VoxColorectal Cancer is Killing More 20-to-30-Year-Olds
3.28.19 GoverningPoorest Expected to Lose Food Stamps First Under New Rule
3.28.19 GoverningTrump More than Doubled Funding for the Opioid Crisis. How is it Being Spent?
3.27.19 CT Health I-TeamCancer Death Rates Decline, But Income is a Factor in Survival
3.27.19 NY TimesMammogram Centers Must Tell Women if They Have Dense Breasts, FDA Proposes
3.25.19 GoverningDoes Raising the Minimum Wage Save Money on Social Services?
3.22.19 GoverningAre State Policies Preventing Stroke Victims from Getting the Care They Need?
3.21.19 Kaiser Health NewsFDA Chief Calls for Stricter Scrutiny of Electronic Health Records
3.20.19 New Haven IndependentDeLauro Wades into Healthcare Debate