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Access Health CT offers avatar to make navigating health care coverage options easier

November 19, 2014
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Access Health CT is the first state-based health exchange to launch an online avatar to help consumers through the process of comparing plans and shopping for quality, affordable health care coverage. Named “Tina,” this virtual assistant offers guidance and answers to consumer questions on the AHCT website. “During the 2014 open enrollment, 45 percent of…

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Art League holding juried show; artwork accepted for submission

November 19, 2014
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The Art League of New Britain will hold its Third Annual Photography Show, Juried for Entry and Prizes, from Friday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Jan. 4. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. with refreshments provided. The jurors will be Craig Frederick (artist, sculptor, and instructor CCSU)…

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Sen. Markley honored by emergency physicians

November 19, 2014
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Sen. Markley honored by emergency physicians

State Senator Joe Markley recently received The Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians legislator of the year award. Sen. Markley worked to pass a bill allowing Medicaid reimbursement for emergency departments across the state. The bill was passed with bipartisan support. The AAC Medicaid Reimbursement for Emergency Department bill allows emergency department physicians to be reimbursed…

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Connecticut OKs higher electric generating rates

November 19, 2014
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut regulators have approved higher rates to generate electricity for residential and business customers of two utilities. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announced Monday its approval of higher standard service rates proposed by Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating. The cost of natural gas has been rising due to…

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Connecticut courts rank highest for access

November 19, 2014
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By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s court system scored highest among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, while Oklahoma’s overall score is the lowest in the country, according new rankings. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 out of 100 and was…

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Police target ATV riders without chasing them

November 18, 2014
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By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Popping wheelies and running stop lights, ATV street riders who buzz through Connecticut cities in packs have long frustrated police, who are prohibited from chasing the riders through congested urban neighborhoods. Police are now pursuing more creative ways to stop them, setting up a hotline in…

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Labor, environmentalists oppose CL&P rate request

November 18, 2014
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A coalition of labor, religious and environmental groups is lobbying state regulators to reject Connecticut Light & Power’s request for a higher rate intended to upgrade equipment following storms and to prevent future outages. The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at…

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States working to fix hobbled health care websites

November 18, 2014
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By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) _ The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. The Massachusetts website, designed by the same contractor that worked on the troubled federal website,…

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4 benefits changes that may stem from overhaul tax

November 16, 2014
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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Many workers will soon find that their health insurance costs more and covers less next year, and that employers have taken a sharper interest in their well-being. Experts say the impact of a health care overhaul tax that doesn’t start until 2018 is already being felt. Millions of employees…

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Malloy budget chief sticking to no tax hike pledge

November 16, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief said Thursday it will be difficult but he plans to adhere to his boss’s campaign promise and craft a new two-year state budget that does not increase taxes despite deficit projections. “It’s going to be an enormous challenge, but…

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