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0 1 7 - http://ctmirror.org/2016/10/28/as-aca-faces-new-challenges-fixes-not-assured/
"YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN" AN OOPS MOMENT; CT CHOICE IN HEALTH CARE GONE? NOPE. HOUSE PASSES A.H.C.A. May 3, 2017...NYPOST article.
CT MIRROR, JUNE 2014 ON "OBSERVATION STATUS" IMPLICATION WHEN AT THE HOSPITAL - IF SENT TO A NURSING HOME TO RECUPERATE, WHO'S SORRY NOW?. INDEED.
H E A L T H C A R E U . S . A . N O W
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE - PUBLIC HEALTH;
CT at the fore price-fixing of generic drugs...lawsuit.
What might be the next step in sharing patient information: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/connecticut_could_see_competing_health_information_exchanges/
Algae bloom destroyer...of the fish, too? http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Ultrasound-could-be-used-to-kill-blue-green-algae-10811857.php
FORUM ON OPIOIDS IN CONNECTICUT; ELSEWHERE. POT?
Medical examiner’s office on verge of losing accreditation Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Heat Index calculator;
"SOYLENT GREEN" AND OTHER ISSUES:
HEALTH CARE & CONNECTICUT HOSPITALS; HEALTH INSURANCE
CT NEW COMMISSIONS: 63 member body for women, children and seniors...
LYME DISEASE WARNING
In time for the August 14th Primaries in both Parties - no joke - watch out for ticks and good instruction how to do so in this article.
SO SAD - WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SECOND LEAD ARTICLE
As a famous sports reporter used to say, let's go to the video
tape...and they are still doing so. Please see our initial report here.
HOWS THAT AGAIN? What the...???
We note: "A spokesman for Horizon disagrees with Lembo’s assessment and description of its drugs".
"Lembo said that, according to state claims data, one prescriber alone
accounted for $1.5 million in prescriptions for Horizon products or 11.6
percent of total amount of Horizon products prescribed through the
“'My office will continue to work in partnership with other state
officials to block unnecessary costs to the state plan and investigate
troubling pharmaceutical trends,' Lembo said."
Story in full: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/lembo_seeks_to_block_use_of_expensive_specialty_drugs_12_6_2017/
FOLLOW UP ON P.H. COMMITTEE BELOW
Most legislators sit on Committees for which they have a background. Two doctors, a nurse or two...
NEWS COVERAGE: Not overblown - we
watched the Public hearing live for more than three hours - and before
that another hour (approx) or more of Forum that was the usual stuff...
COURANT REPORT: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-brother-of-whiting-abuse-victim-testifies-1113-story.html#nws=true
CTNEWSJUNKIE - MIDDLETOWN PRESS: http://www.middletownpress.com/middletown/article/Brother-of-Connecticut-Valley-Hospital-patient-at-12354572.php
PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATURE
Public Health Committee - Nov. 13, 2017
Morning forum and afternoon Public Hearing re: Whiting Forensic (Institute) of CT
Valley Hospital scandal:
- They make the Federal Government look good.
- Devastating testimony to legislators by
former patients and family of patient tortured on video. See COURANT article.
- Also, in COURANT article, please see the item about overtime. This is an issue in budgets everywhere (i.e. Weston police).
SEIU 1199 Union testifies.
This is a big problem, based upon my personal experience in health care
and unionizing efforts. Question: How do get rid of "bad
apples" in unions? Not so fast..
- Should separate Whiting from CT Valley Hospital.
- Needs professional oversight.
- Argument against budget cuts.
Shouldn't have been there
A very excellent piece of testimony by former "patient" who didn't
belong there in the first place and was recommitted by public defender
in a bureaucratic action. Very painful to watch - evidence against
At 4:46pm we are out of here...
NOT THE FIRST STUDY
THE DAY, SUNDAY, NOV. 26, 2017 futher report. MORE RIVETING THAN "HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE"
We had watched the Public Health Committee live on CT-N.
Nothing is original. Altho' perhaps not applicable here, other famous movies suggest familiar scenarios.
Forensic Institute was one of a few - Fairfield Hills, Norwich and
Connecticut Valley Hospitals (Whiting Forensic is here) - prior to the
closings of the first two mentioned.
"Forensic patients are
primarily those judged not guilty of crimes by reason of insanity and
committed to the hospitals by a criminal court" is how a 1989 NYTIMES
article put it..
In The Day today is follow up from the public
hearing. And just so you know, CT-N covered this Nov. 13th gripping and
Informational and then afternoon Public Hearing video of PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE.
SO WHAT CAME BEFORE?
Mid-day "public hearing" on rate increases - who can afford to go and testify?
HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES: Why is it escalating so fast? And further more, write to Senator Hwang!!!
CT MIRROR coverage here: https://ctmirror.org/2017/06/14/health-insurers-skewered-for-again-seeking-double-digit-rate-increases/
In Alaska: http://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2016/09/01/4-4-earthquake-gives-southcentral-alaska-a-morning-jolt/
PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING PUBLICITY PRANK?
Share the cost - like Robin Hood?
As in the political statement "I feel your pain."
And then there is this: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iditarod-dog-doping-case-dallas-seavey-opioid-pain-reliever-tramadol/
And more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/sports/iditarod-doping-dallas-seavey.html
LATEST WESTON-RELATED STORY HERE
NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.theday.com/nationworld/20170511/public-restrooms-become-ground-zero-in-opioid-epidemic
OPIOID DEATHS - CT BUDGET AFFECTED: http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-budget-over-spending-20170410-story.html
AG Jepsen seeks help in battling opioid abuse
By Bill Cummings
Published 1:01 pm, Sunday, October 22, 2017
HARTFORD — Attorney General George Jepsen is leading a bipartisan group
of attorneys general in demanding health care companies that provide
pharmacy benefit management services mitigate prescription opioid
abuse...story in full:
On the regulating opioid front...
Latest on "settled law"
When in doubt, litigate, settle?
2017 news: http://www.nhregister.com/health/20170319/connecticut-joins-states-clearing-the-way-to-refuse-opioid-prescriptions
Guess what? Connecticut lawmakers get contributions from opioid industry.
OPIOD FORUM IN WESTON TOWN HALL - EVERY SEAT TAKEN, CHANNEL 12 THERE - THANK YOU JOHN SHABAN!
Welcome from Rep.John Shaban and his outline of how the evening would
progress. First everone on the panel had their story related to
opioids to tell.
Weston H.S. S.R.O.; Weston Youth Services director on the panel and contributes our stories.
First Selectmen from Easton (l) and Redding present (below next to Chief
Troxell); U.S. Attorney's Office, WestCOG, regional social work services in action; State Senators
attend (it was literally. "SRO" as in standing room only)
Police Chiefs from Redding, Easton and Weston speak. Getting
hooked on opioids (pills left over from prescriptions legally obtained
brought to "pill parties" - I think I heard someone say that)...
Standing Room Only - or did I mention that already? I left early to attend a special Library Building Committee meeting.
OUR RATHER BRIEF AND VERY SIMPLE RESEARCH: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/prescription-drugs.html
"Recreational use of prescription drugs is a serious problem with teens and young adults."
This is the understatement of the year. The link above is a really
simple explanation of why kids raid their parents bathroom sink cabinet
REPORT MARCH 22, 2017: http://c-hit.org/2017/03/20/state-ranks-high-in-opioid-related-visits-to-hospitals/
And then there is Narcan, which is something EMT's must carry, we think...report on last Session action from article above:
"...The state has passed a number of laws intended to combat the opioid
epidemic, including requiring first responders to carry Narcan, limiting
initial opioid prescriptions to seven-day supplies in most cases, and
requiring pharmacies to enter information about controlled substances
into the electronic Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting
System (CPMRS) by the next business day."
We note that Narcan will only work for up to 48 hours - and then addicted individual will crave more opioids.
Can a 'miracle shot' called Vivitrol break the prison-heroin cycle in Alaska?
Alaska News DISPATCH
Michelle Theriault Boots
Please read this story: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2017/04/15/can-a-miracle-shot-called-vivitrol-break-the-prison-heroin-cycle-in-alaska/
We choose to include this as "health care"...along with no lifeguards, unclaimed bodies issue and others to come as budget cuts kick in.
Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations
June 278, 12016
The Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of
abortion clinics Monday in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a
Story in full: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-supreme-court-texas-abortion-clinics-20160627-story.html
Remember "I feel your pain" remark by Mr. Empathy? Did not apply to Mrs. we expect.
Massachusets move related eventually to topic below?
We ask what this is really all about...https://ctmirror.org/2017/11/24/massachusetts-grabs-spotlight-by-proposing-new-twist-on-medicaid-drug-coverage/
WE SAW IT THE OTHER YEAR...COMING SOON: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/SoylentGreen
Since the latest local election we note this: http://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Agencies-seek-to-empower-people-to-make-12351137.php
And now in 2017 comes this question: Is it ethical to euthenize Alzheimer's patients?
"Cure" for Alzheimer's?
MENTAL HEALTH INCREASES COSTS FOR ELDERLY.
MERGED INTO 63 MEMBER AGENCY
Long term services report online. Mostly bureaucrats who are being
relocated with the new bureaucracy (women, children and elderly
MAPPING & FOCUS GROUP
Behavioral health conditions of aging. By the way, she is retiring. Senior Center Mapping.
Legislation CT AND U.S.
Nexr meeting in September.
- Transition of care.
- Designated caregiver;
- SB266 consumer protection/power of attorney;
- nursing home closing - SB280 letter of intent on closing includes language to include rights.
- "Older Americans Act" reauthorization 1965 originally.
- greater good of population as a whole - but no $$ outside of nursing home from Feds.
This just in:
GRANT - HALF-A-MILLION DOLLAR WILL GET YOU: FIFTY-MILLION PETRI DISHES; WHOA!!! MAKE THAT 100-MILLION (EXTRA GRANT ANNOUNCED TUESDAY).
CONNECTICUT TESTING PROTOCOL 2016
Weston-Westport Health District warning on seasonal mosquito threat...also the agency to review subdivisions for Weston.
DEEP probes old, unpermitted landfill in Cheshire
By Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register
Posted: 05/22/16, 10:42 PM EDT | Updated: 4 hrs ago
CHESHIRE >> Investigators with the Connecticut Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection are investigating the location of an
unpermitted landfill that was started on a local farm during the 1960s
and was never fully resolved...
”Questions regarding this dump site were repeatedly asked by residents
at the public hearings, but were not addressed by the developer’s
representatives. We do not believe that the (South Central Connecticut)
Regional Water Authority, Chesprocott Health District or the
Inland Wetland and Watercourses Commission were informed of the dump’s
existence or the potentially toxic contents before approving this
...State environmental officials “would have concerns about any
development that might result in result in the contamination of soil and
groundwater in the surrounding area.”
“Given some of the material that was disposed of, there is some
potential that could happen and that any contamination that exists might
spread onto one or more of the building lots...”
Story in full: http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160522/deep-probes-old-unpermitted-landfill-in-cheshire
DPH announces 1st case of Zika in Connecticut acquired in US
Weston FORUM news of 2 town (WWHD) project
LATEST ON ZIKA FROM NYTIMES
Any potential problems here?
Legionella bacteria found in GHS cooling tower; no risk found
By Paul Schott, Greenwich TIME
Published 6:51 pm, Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Legionella bacteria were found in recent tests of the cooling
tower at Greenwich High School, but students and staff did not face a
health risk, according to school and health officials...story in
Malloy Tries To Help 6 Hospitals, But Legislative Leaders Aren’t Impressed
by Christine Stuart
Oct 9, 2015 3:21pm
...House Speaker Brendan Sharkey echoed his remarks.
“Simply reshuffling already overdue payments for the first quarter
toward smaller hospitals is not an adequate resolution and amounts to
randomly picking winners and losers,” Sharkey said. “Democrats will soon
be recommending serious alternatives for the governor to consider, and
it’s time for minority Republicans, who voted against the state budget
but are now also opposing the governor’s cuts, to step up to the plate
with some real ideas.”
Malloy, who has been beating back bipartisan criticism of the mid-year
hospital cuts, repeated his previous statements on Thursday that
hospital profits were in excess of $916.4 million in 2014...story in
Standoff Between Malloy And Hospitals Intensifies As Hartford HealthCare Calls Off A Merger Deal
Oct. 5, 2015
The standoff between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state's hospitals
intensified Monday as Hartford HealthCare backed away from a takeover of
a troubled hospital in Putnam, blaming the governor's latest round of
cuts...story in full: http://www.courant.com/business/hc-hartford-hospital-day-kimball-medicaid-cuts-20151005-story.html
Specialty drug prices threaten health care affordability
By: Arielle Levin Becker | September 29, 2015
Reining in health care costs for state employees
sometimes feels like shoveling water from a flooded basement while the
water is still pouring in, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo said...story in
full at CT MIRROR - http://ctmirror.org/2015/09/29/specialty-drug-prices-threaten-health-care-affordability/
WHERE MONEY FITS IN - CHENA ADVISES ALL NOT TO GET SICK
Who knew? CT MIRROR explains how high executive pay at
not-for-profit hospitals equates with income redistribution. We
quote from CT MIRROR:
"...As hospital leaders warn of potential job and service
reductions in response to state funding cuts, the six- and seven-figure
pay packages of Connecticut hospital executives have emerged as a point
To some, the focus on CEO pay is a red herring
meant to distract from years of underfunding Medicaid while increasing
taxes on hospitals. Others see it as a way to point out misplaced
priorities at nonprofit hospitals that rely heavily on government money,
at a time when executive pay and income disparities have become a
rallying cry in national politics..."
WESTON-WESTPORT HEALTH DISTRICT (l)
AT "SPEAK UP" EVERY YEAR TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AND LISTEN
OPINION PIECE FROM CT MIRROR: https://ctviewpoints.org/2018/08/30/why-synthetic-marijuana-is-so-risky/
SUMMER OF 2018 - 8 more items added to legalized pot list based on staff recommendation : http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15567
DE-CRIMINALIZATION OF POT AND DEMOCRAT STATE SENATOR SUGGESTS BRINGS IT IS BACK IN 2017...
The movie "Soylent Green" addressed this...
Oh, Canada department: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/15/world/americas/canadian-prime-minister-seeks-to-legalize-physician-assistedsuicide.html
Sustinet, solvent, soylent: pretty close to State of CT motto...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_of_Connecticut
Who knew CT old case an inspiration for future program to keep A.C.A. solvent? http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/supreme_court_finds_records_of_arsenic_murderess_should_be_confidential/
An honest man, if not in step with desires of A.C.A. agency.
Latest on discussions in CT - earlier...
WHY NOT JUST MAKE 55 THE AGE FOR MEDICARE 55?
Déjà vu: We asked expert (l) from Bridgeport Hospital.
She said it wouldn't be economically viable...she also said "Obamacare" was intended to fail - "we'd fix it later."
More recent news: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/connecticut_exchange_grapples_with_losing_brokers/
Recent news: http://www.ctpost.com/news/medical/article/In-nod-to-Sanders-Clinton-offers-new-health-care-8349618.php
Story in full here
Sweeping plan put forward to control rising health care costs
By: Kyle Constable | July 13, 2016
"...These meetings, he said, could be considered a pilot program for the
benefits that could arise from additional collaboration and could serve
as an alternative to a complete restructuring of the state’s
agencies. And most members seemed skeptical that restructuring the
agencies would be the best approach..."
S T O R Y
O F I N S U R A N C E C O M P A N I E S
' M E R G E R...P U B L I C H E A R I
N G S B E G I N A U G U S T 4 TH...NEWS;
"WHAT WAIT" ON THE MARK: http://jonathanpelto.com/2016/06/27/malloy-destroys-connecticuts-regional-hospitals-jepsen-democrats-fail-act/
INSURANCE ETHICS DEBATE?
What do you call 10,000 lawyers chained together at the bottom of the sea?
And then there is choice...
ConnectiCare millions in red during rate case
FIRST REGIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND THEN MORE BAD NEWS DEPT.:
Hartford Courant: http://www.courant.com/business/dan-haar/hc-haar-hospitals-in-trouble-20170628-story.html
For profit hospital an oxymoron? Read more "Third Time A Charm...":
RATES GOING UP, UP, UP
CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
OBAMACARE STRIKE ONE...
CAUTION: Grand Junction Colorado
Bridgeport, CT used as examples...and we refer you to the NYTIMES stroy
for neat maps that supposedly show the variance from assumptions that
low costs for government health care do not actually appear to parallel
private health care costs. 306 "counties" used in study -
"Bridgeport" is the Stamford-Bridgeport MSA, based upon carefully
studying the NYTIMES graphic.
Read about Health Care costs and get a headache.
"The Price Ain't Right..." a link from from NYTIMES story: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/15/upshot/the-best-places-for-better-cheaper-health-care-arent-what-experts-thought.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
The "Price" study: http://www.healthcarepricingproject.org/sites/default/files/pricing_variation_manuscript_0.pdf
Remember, CT is the the poster child for A.C.A.
2,200 Connecticut Residents Could Lose Their Healthcare Subsidies
by Christine Stuart | Dec 14, 2015 5:30am
An estimated 2,200 customers who purchase their insurance through Access
Health CT will be losing their subsidy because they failed to file
their 2014 federal taxes.
Access Health CEO James Wadleigh said last week that he received
information from the Internal Revenue Service alerting him that 2,200
Connecticut customers have not filed their 2014 tax returns. It’s the
first time state exchanges received this type of information...story in
ALTERNATIVES AND CHANGES AHEAD FOR A.C.A.?
Who's got it, how much does it cost, and who is going to pay for
it down the road?
CT Exchange guy now in charge of national
exchange. Which, by the way, the Supreme Court has spoken on, again.
Link to LWVCT Education Fund 2009 Fall Conference: http://www.lwvweston.org/FALLCONF09healthcare.html
THE UNCOMPENSATED CARE NUMBERS 2009-2014 FISCAL YEARS (OCT - SEPT):
With the break-in of ACA in CT, which hospitals are more in demand?
Since the data is massaged by more than once entity, we will take
license to do our own analysis. Which comes down to this:
"If you could go to Yale New Haven or Greenwich Hospital on someone
else's dime, wouldn't you?"
AS THE SCREWS TIGHTEN - FIVE YEARS IN
Latest data drop, FWIW, from CT MIRROR: http://ctmirror.org/2015/09/02/obamacare-and-hospital-finances-in-nine-charts/
A solution "progressive" in nature?
Study Finds $15 Minimum Wage Isn’t Enough in Connecticut
by Elizabeth Regan | Oct 15, 2015 5:30am
A progressive advocacy group released a report Tuesday
that said a $15 minimum wage isn’t sufficient in a state where adult
employees need to make $19.03 per hour to cover basic needs...story in
Another study: http://cahs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/issueBriefCT6.pdf
HEALTH CARE INCLUDES BASIC IMPROVEMENTS
Composting toilet on Whidbey Island;WA. We think one is still in use also at Bisceglie Park in Weston, CT. and we know for sure it was used in some houses built in Weston in the early '80's or late ''70's.
In Alaska, rural living includes outhouses as well as other methods of sewage disposal: http://www.adn.com/article/20150907/new-sanitation-system-tested-arctic-village-kivalina
Scientists discover another giant ancient virus in Arctic permafrost
Anchorage Daily News
September 10, 2015
Scientists have found a previously unknown giant virus in the permafrost
of Siberia, a discovery they say is worrying at a time when such frozen
soils are rapidly thawing.
The newly discovered virus is called Mollivirus sibericum -- meaning
“soft virus from Siberia” -- and was found in 30,000-year-old permafrost
in Russia’s Chukotka region. It is described in a new study published
in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It is the fourth
ancient giant virus discovered since 2003, one of which was discovered
by the same team in the same Chukotka permafrost.
“The fact that two different viruses could be easily revived from
prehistoric permafrost should be of concern in a context of global
warming,” says the study by the team of mostly French scientists...story
in full: http://www.adn.com/article/20150909/scientists-discover-another-giant-ancient-virus-arctic-permafrost