Saturday, July 31, 2021

Play

Educators' unions call for efforts to ensure in-person learning keeps students, teachers, families, and staff safe; and an update on hate crimes by state.

Play

Congress passes Capitol security funding; House Freedom Caucus members want Cheney, Kinzinger out of GOP conference; Schumer closes a deal to advance $3.5 trillion reconciliation package; and a new report says investor-owned utilities try to block rooftop solar.

Supreme Court ACA Vote Continues Health Care for 400,000 CT Residents

Play

Friday, June 18, 2021   

HARTFORD, Conn. -- In a 7-2 vote yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare for a third time, preserving health care for millions across the country, including 400,000 Connecticut residents.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) also protects people with individual plans from being denied coverage or charged more due to pre-existing conditions.

Tiffany Donelson, president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation, said the law also expanded coverage to more Connecticut residents through Medicaid, or HUSKY.

"We can rest in knowing that the Affordable Care Act is secure, and be able to now focus on advancing coverage for others as well," Donelson stated.

Donelson noted it includes getting coverage for undocumented residents, and families whose income are slightly higher than the HUSKY health program eligibility.

A 2017 report by the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center found that 38% of Connecticut residents covered under the ACA are Latino or Black.

Donelson noted a new state law, which requires providers to properly record the race, ethnicity and language of patients, will hopefully help identify places with more need for health care.

"Giving more people access will undoubtedly help us in starting to reduce the disparity gaps," Donelson predicted. "And particularly in populations of color, that we're seeing today."

On Tuesday, the Connecticut Health Foundation released a report outlining steps for state health providers to best collect race, ethnicity and language data.


get more stories like this via email
In addition to roof repairs and other home improvements to lower utility bills, a Michigan League for Public Policy report recommends expanding utility-shutoff protections to include households with young children. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

LANSING, Mich. - High utility costs are a major burden for Michigan's low-income residents, and a new study says they have an impact on their health…


Environment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new report shows an effort by investor-owned utilities in the Sunshine State to block the growth of rooftop solar. The …

Health and Wellness

By Troy Pierson / Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. As marijuana becomes more …


Across the United States, 46 states have laws allowing for harsher punishment for crimes based on bias. (Ludk/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

SALT LAKE CITY - With rising numbers of people targeted in hate crimes and related violence, a new report analyzes the hate-crime laws in each state…

Social Issues

BOSTON - Educators' unions are calling on the state to support their efforts to ensure in-person learning in the fall keeps students, teachers…

According to AARP Connecticut, 47% of family caregivers have had at least one financial setback, such as having less money for retirement or savings, or cutting back on their own healthcare spending. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

HARTFORD, Conn. - In Connecticut, more than 460,000 people care for close friends or family members who can't manage on their own - and their …

Social Issues

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Millions of Americans soon could find eviction notices on their front doors, but New Mexico renters will not be among them - as …

Social Issues

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- With many Virginians still experiencing pandemic-related unemployment, students at a state community college were able to get …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021