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Feds Issue Rules To Protect Seniors Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Plans

UnitedHealthcare’s decision last fall to drop thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage plans in Connecticut and across the country has spurred Medicare officials to improve protections for seniors who lose their doctors. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Over-The-Counter Drugs: A Prescription For Confusion

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At Able Care Pharmacy & Medical Supplies in Enfield, Ashraf Moustafa often tries to avert disasters involving drugs displayed on his store’s shelves. Moustafa, the pharmacy manager, recently spoke to an elderly woman seeking ways to treat dark blue patches on her arms. Instead of suggesting any remedies, he asked the woman what medicines she was taking and discovered that she was dangerously mixing over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs with aspirin and the prescription blood thinner, Plavix. He sent the woman to the hospital, fearing that she was suffering from internal bleeding. “People have the impression that if a drug is approved for over-the-counter use, then it must be much safer than prescription medicine,” Moustafa says. “That’s when trouble happens.”

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Girls Are Getting The HPV Vaccine, But Disparities Persist

When it comes to vaccinating adolescent females against human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted disease known to be the main cause of cervical cancer, Connecticut boasts a slightly higher participation rate than the national average. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Builiding A Health Claims Database

By next August the state of Connecticut wants to have the last three years of health claims data in a database that will help individuals make better decisions about their health care. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Public Forum Will Delve Into High Costs Of Health Care

With health care in the headlines, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut is hosting a public forum Monday at Quinnipiac University’s North Haven campus that will feature a panel of experts weighing in on the high costs of health care. (more…) Continue Reading →

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