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Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - CT: Health

Black and Hispanic children in Connecticut are far more likely to go to emergency rooms because of asthma than their white peers. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut is often cited as one of the healthiest states in the nation, but a new report finds large gaps in health between white residents and people of color. The report from the Connecticut Health Foundation shows that children and teens of color are far more likely to go to

Premiums for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans are expected to decrease in 2020. (I Viewfinder/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Medicare open-enrollment period is under way, giving people a chance to review their coverage and make changes to be sure they're getting the best plans to fit their needs. We're already more than halfway through the open-enrollment period that began on Oct. 15. According to N

Only 32% of people in a recent survey said they knew

HARTFORD, Conn. – The open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins Friday, and health care advocates are advising people to read the fine print before deciding on a new policy. The advocacy group Consumers for Quality Care sponsored a survey that found jus

From 2012 to 2017, annual drug costs increased by 57.8%, but Connecticut income rose only 12.2%. (I Viewfinder/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Too many people need to choose between paying for food and shelter or taking their medications, according to advocates for older Americans. A new AARP analysis shows that in recent years, rising drug prices have cost Medicare beneficiaries and taxpayers $110 billion above t

According to the Health Care Cost Institute, the average price of insulin increased from 13 cents per unit to 25 cents per unit between 2012 and 2016. (Melissa Johnson/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Lawmakers in Congress are reaching across the aisle to address the high cost of life-saving drugs. The bipartisan Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act targets what critics see as the pharmaceutical industry's anti-competitive behaviors that restrict access to cheaper gen

The average older American takes 4.5 prescription drugs per month.  (Burlingham/AdobeStock)

HARTFORD, Ct. — "Stop the greed and cut drug prices now." That's the messages seniors want state legislators to hear. AARP Connecticut hosted an interactive Telephone Town Hall meeting late last week to discuss high prescription drug prices with the co-chairs of the General Assembly's Insura

Last year, more than 111,000 people in Connecticut bought insurance through the Affordable Care Act. (Alterio Felines/pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Hundreds of thousands in Connecticut could lose health-care coverage completely if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, according to health-care advocates. This week the Trump administration sided with a federal court judge in Texas who ruled the entire law that gave mill

The Environmental Protection Agency says the air is getting cleaner while it is attempting to roll back clean air regulations. (pxhere)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Obey the law by reducing interstate air pollution – that's the message environmental groups want a federal court to deliver to the Environmental Protection Agency. Smog-forming air pollution follows the wind, and in 2015 the EPA determined that planned actions in stat

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