Connecticut health care thought leaders have again given the state a C+ grade for health reform, as the state’s GPA dropped slightly from 2.4 to 2.2. Connecticut’s grade for effort didn’t change from last year – holding steady at a B-/C+ (GPA 2.5) in the annual survey by the Connecticut Health Policy Project, as […]
Holiday shoppers may encounter something new amidst the traditional retail stores vying for attention. Last month, ConnectiCare opened its first storefront location, a 6,000-square-foot standalone building in Manchester. The company plans to open outlets in Bridgeport, Newington and Orange in the coming days, according to David Gordon, ConnectiCare’s senior vice president for strategy and product […]
Heart disease, cancer and accidents were the leading causes of death in Connecticut according to data released by the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The other major causes of death in Connecticut include chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, kidney disease and septicemia.
Nearly two-thirds of Connecticut residents are concerned about the affordability of health insurance, a jump of 12 percentage points in just the past year, and the highest level since the quarterly Inform CT Consumer Confidence Survey began 18 months ago. And slightly more than 4 in 10 Connecticut residents now say it is likely that […]
The federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has awarded Charter Oak Health Center, Inc. (COHC), located in the south end of Hartford, with a federal grant of $1 million to increase its capacity for patient care, one of four community health centers in the state to receive the federal grants.
Grants of $1 […]
A new federal report finds that all but 10.1 percent of Connecticut residents had a usual source of medical care during 2014 – tied for the sixth lowest percentage among the states. The same report found great variation among states but, on average, 17.3 percent of Americans lacked a usual source of care.
Vermont led the country […]
The State of Missouri raised a red flag today, waving it directly into the headwind that is the pending merger between health care giants Aetna and Humana. Missouri’s action came just as a public poll was released in Connecticut by consumer advocates opposing the merger which indicated a general lack of public awareness about the […]
Eighty-two percent of registered Connecticut voters age 45-plus and a similar majority of voters age 25-plus, 83 percent, support a paid family medical leave plan now being considered by the state legislature, according to a recent survey by AARP Research.
The large majority is also present across the ideological spectrum, with 94 percent of registered […]
The Indiana Insurance Department will consider the proposed acquisition of Bloomfield-headquartered CIGNA Health Care by Indianapolis-based Anthem, Inc. at a public hearing on Friday, April 29 in Indianapolis.
“Any member of the public interested in the proposed acquisition of control may attend the hearing,” indicates a public notice of the hearing. In addition, “Any policyholder […]
If you’re looking for information about your doctor, you may find yourself searching the website of the state medical board. In states across the country, those are the agencies that license physicians and also discipline them for offenses including sexual misconduct, substance abuse, and negligent care.
But the accuracy and completeness of the information you […]
As the annual observance of National Doctors’ Day approaches this week, a new national survey indicates that nearly one-third (30%) of parents report looking at online doctor ratings for themselves or a family member in the past year, with mothers (36%) more likely than fathers (22%) to visit such sites.
Among these parents, two-thirds say […]
A coalition of consumer and medical organizations is calling for greater public input into the Connecticut Insurance Department’s review of the proposed Anthem-Cigna health insurance mega-merger, and is expressing concerns about the potential “negative impact on both the cost and quality of care in Connecticut” of that merger and the proposed Aetna-Humana merger.
The groups – […]
Less “screen time,” more physical activity, more nutritional foods and fewer sugary beverages – that’s the formula to prevent obesity from taking root in infants and toddlers in the formative years of childhood, according to new recommendations by the Child Health Development Institute (CHDI) of Connecticut. A series of “science-based policy opportunities” for Connecticut, outlined […]
Five graduate students and their professor in the Prosthetics and Orthotics program at the University of Hartford have reached a significant milestone in the development of a first-of-its-kind prosthetic hand. The prototype of the potentially revolutionary device, after more than two years in development, is now ready to be tested on patients.
Currently, amputees have […]