Nonprofit Obamacare Insurer Going Out Of Business

HealthyCT, the state's nonprofit health insurer on the exchange, will no longer offer individual health insurance plans after the group was placed under an order of supervision due to "hazardous financial standing" Monday. The order, issued by the state Department of Insurance, means that about 10 percent of Connecticut residents with health insurance policies bought through Obamacare will have to switch companies for next year — about 13,000 customers. To read the Courant's report by Mara Lee click here.

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3D Mammography Bill Headed To Governor’s Desk

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday night to send a bill requiring private insurance companies to cover 3D mammography to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk. Sen. Joe Crisco, D-Woodbridge, whose wife is currently going through breast cancer treatments, fought back tears as he talked about how his wife had annual mammograms and checkups every four months, and yet has been fighting breast cancer for two months now. “Chemotherapy treatments, surgery, and now she faces 12 sessions of radiation,” Crisco said. “This new technology is offering new opportunities for physicians to diagnose breast cancer in women and provide life saving treatments earlier than ever.”

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Doctors, Nutrition Experts And Local Chef Team Up For C-HIT Forum On Diabetes

For those living with diabetes, eating healthy and knowing how foods affect blood sugar levels is crucial to managing the disease. The Conn. Health I-Team, ( in collaboration with ConnectiCare and the Hispanic Health Council, is hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, April 7, in Hartford, where experts will discuss the latest developments in early screening and treatment of diabetes and offer advice about how adopting a healthy lifestyle can help combat the disease. The free event, called “Beating Diabetes: Food, Fitness and Focus,” will include a social hour and food tasting starting at 5 p.m. featuring famed local chef Jay Lewis, who will present healthy foods choices. Lewis, who was nominated as “best chef” in the state in 2012 by Hartford Magazine, has been a sous chef, as well as the banquet chef for the Goodwin Hotel.

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Mental Health Care Coordination Yet Another Casualty Of Mid-Year Budget Cuts

It’s been almost a month since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office announced it was cutting about $103 million from the 2016 budget, but hospital officials still aren’t clear about how much has been cut from certain line items.

This became clear during the Behavioral Health Council meeting Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building. Charles Herrick, chief of psychiatry for Danbury and New Milford Hospitals, asked the council if part of the cut involves a $1.5 million grant to coordinate care for patients with behavioral or mental health issues. Colleen Harrington of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services told Herrick that the grant he’s referring to has been delayed until 2017 to help offset other budget cuts. To read the full ctnewsjunkie report click here.

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Jepsen Asks Drugmaker To Explain Narcan Price Spike

State Attorney General George Jepsen wants a California-based drugmaker to explain why the cost of a medication used to treat heroin overdoses has suddenly jumped, claiming the increase could jeopardize lives if Connecticut first responders can no longer afford to administer it. Jepsen wrote a letter this week to Jack Zhang, CEO of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc., asking why the cost of Naxolone, a drug also known as Narcan, has “dramatically and unexpectedly” risen.

The drug is injected into patients to counter the effects of an opioid overdose, and first responders in Connecticut often use it to treat those suffering from heroin overdoses, according to Jepsen.

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Youth Gun Violence Continues To Plague Hartford

It was a frigid evening in Hartford on Feb. 7, 2007. The sun was just beginning to wink below the horizon. Deanna Pugh, 45, of Enfield, stepped out of her family’s car in front of Reyes Grocery to have a cigarette. She didn’t want to smoke in the car with Cyncere Preston, her seven-year-old granddaughter, because Cyncere had asthma.

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Spending On Native Advertising Projected To Soar Online

Online posts that blur the line between content and advertisement are proliferating across the web. According to Business Insider, native advertising, as it is called, is expected to more than quadruple from 2013 to 2018, part of a larger trend away from display ads on websites. Native advertising, which Copyblogger defines as “paid content that matches a publication’s editorial standards while meeting the audience’s expectations,” comes in the form of everything from sponsored posts on Facebook to paid articles integrated within a website or blog that often relate back to a particular brand. For example, a Buzzfeed article paid for by paint company Sherwin-Williams -“17 Paint Hacks You Absolutely Need In Your Life” - offers painting tips interwoven with animated images featuring the company’s products. The post is both content and advertisement, a hallmark of native advertising.

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Student Loan Debt Mires Millennials

Renee Traynor, 30, has been out of college for eight years and working, but she’s still struggling with debt. She is among an estimated 1.6 million 2003 college graduates who entered the workforce with hefty debt from college. Today, the average college graduate with a bachelor’s degree owes almost $30,000 in student loans, according to “When I first graduated college, I was acutely aware of how much I owed in student loans, and it made it extremely challenging in finding a job,” Traynor said. Seven months after graduation from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Traynor found a well-paying job in journalism.

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Is Social Media Hindering Our Face-To-Face Socialization Skills?

Many have seen it, the rows of people with eyes glued to their phones, whether they are on the train, at a restaurant or even in their own homes.  Are social media and the technology that makes it accessible hindering peoples’ socialization skills? In this new age of smartphones, millennials and even older individuals are finding themselves enveloped in the world of technology and social media. In a large survey conducted by, 90 percent of teens surveyed, ages 13 to 17, reported to have used some form of social media in their lives. Seventy-five percent of teens currently have a social networking profile, and 51 percent visit that social networking site daily. Is this fervent use of phones and social media causing a loss of social skills?

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Teen Pregnancy Rates Down Statewide, But Remain High In Cities

In Connecticut and nationally, the number of teen pregnancies has decreased dramatically. But the number of teen births remain high in the state’s largest cities. From 2006 to 2010, there were 22 pregnancies for every 1,000 teens in cities such as New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury and Bridgeport, according to figures from the state Department of Public Health. According to the New Haven Register, an average of 45.6 out of every 1,000 teen girls in New Haven gave birth between 2006 and 2010, while in New Britain, the number was 57 per 1,000, and in Hartford, 61.9 out of every 1,000. Heather Mills, co-executive director at Pathways/Senderos Center in New Britain, explains why the number of teens getting pregnant remains high in cities like New Britain.

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