Monthly Archives: April 2012

Chris Murphy Says Public Option Should Be Plan B

As the U-S Supreme Court considers the fate of the national health care overhaul law, some national politicians are taking positions on what would happen should the law be found unconstitutional.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Democratic congressman and senate candidate Chris Murphy says he’d like to see the public option health plan back on the table.

Here’s the story.

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Caring For Loved Ones At Home

Back from a little time away.  If you missed it, here’s a story that aired last week — a project with Arielle Levin Becker of the Connecticut Mirror on caring for loved ones at home.

This story is part of a project with WNPR, NPR, and Kaiser Health News.

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Should Non-Nurses Give You Your Meds?

Gov. Dannel Malloy has promised to move more than 5,000 poor and disabled patients out of nursing homes in five years.  But he says there’s an obstacle — a state law that says only nurses can give medications to people in the Medicaid system living at home.

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Hartford Department Head Raises, An Explainer

In our story last week, we said that Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra “did performance reviews and gave his department heads pay increases between roughly three and four percent.”

Unfortunately, radio news writing doesn’t always lend itself to the kind of specificity one gets in print. So let’s get specific.

Segarra gave raises to “his department heads.” That does not include “acting” department heads. Nor does it include people who don’t fall under the mayor’s budgetary authority — like the town and city clerk, whose office falls under the authority of the city council.

So, then, which department heads got performance reviews and raises by the mayor?  Click the link.

(I’ve also included the forms for the chief operating officer and the corporation counsel.)

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Segarra Wants More Medicaid Money

A budget tidbit from Hartford.

Mayor Pedro Segarra said earlier this week that he’s hoping to get an additional $1 million from Medicaid in the next fiscal year.

We asked for more details. Raul Pino, the city’s acting health director, says the federal Affordable Care Act provides for new funding for municipalities – reimbursements for things like services provided at clinics for sexually transmitted diseases and infectious diseases. Those are services the city now provides, but services for which it can’t bill Medicaid.

And now you know.

This blog post is part of partnership with WNPR, NPR, and Kaiser Health News.

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Segarra’s Salary, An Explainer

We got some explanation from the city this week on the raise for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

Here’s the skinny. Two things govern.

First, there’s the state constitution – which spells out just when and how the mayor (and other elected officials) can get raises. Second, there’s the city charter — which sets the mayor’s salary at the same level of that of a state superior court judge.  Put the two together and it’s a pretty complicated mess. But here’s how it all plays out when it comes to Segarra. Continue reading

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Hartford Mayor Presents Budget

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Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra presented his budget today/yesterday for the year that starts this July.  As WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports, Segarra says the task in front of city leaders is unprecedented.

Here’s the story.

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