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Midwives Could Be Key to Reversing Maternal Mortality Trends

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Midwives Could Be Key to Reversing Maternal Mortality Trends

By lizabeth Heubeck | Connecticut Health I-Team | Ctmirror

The Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center in Danbury is a 50-minute drive from Evelyn DeGraf’s home in Westchester, N.Y. Pregnant with her second child, the 37-year-old didn’t hesitate to make the drive — she wanted her birth to be attended by a midwife, not a doctor. DeGraf believed midwifery care to be more personal and…

Access Health CT Announces the Start Of 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment

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Access Health CT Announces the Start Of 2019 Health Insurance Open Enrollment

By Tribuna Staff

Open Enrollment through Access Health CT is November 1 to December 15, 2018 HARTFORD, Conn. (November 1, 2018)— The Lt. Governor and the Chair of the Access Health CT Board of Directors, Nancy Wyman, and the Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT (AHCT), James Michel, today announced that the 2019 Open Enrollment period has…

Connecticut Insurance Department Approves CVS-Aetna Merger

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Connecticut Insurance Department Approves CVS-Aetna Merger

By Mackenzie Rigg | CTmirror.org

The Connecticut Insurance Department has approved CVS Health Corp’s $69 billion merger with Hartford-based Aetna Inc. The approval is contingent on Aetna completing the sale of its entire standalone Medicare Part D prescription plan business to a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, according to the insurance department’s decision issued on October 17. “Today’s approval means that…

Access Health CT to Host ‘Healthy Chat’ Educational Events Throughout the State

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Access Health CT to Host ‘Healthy Chat’ Educational Events Throughout the State

By Community-based discussions to prepare people for 2019 open enrollment period

Access Health CT (AHCT) announced on October 1 a series of upcoming community-based educational discussions, known as “Healthy Chats.” A total of 11 events are planned, all to take place prior to Access Health CT open enrollment, which begins November 1 and ends December 15, 2018. The purpose of these discussions is to help Connecticut…

Don’t Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet

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Don’t Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet

By StatePoint

Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to 7 pounds. Making healthy choices, even…

What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes

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What to Know About Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes

By StatePoint

Suffering from itchy, watery eyes? You may have ocular allergies or you could have another issue entirely, such as chronic dry eyes. Experts say that getting the correct diagnosis is the only way to treat symptoms properly. “Chronic dry eye often mimics the symptoms of seasonal allergies and must be approached entirely differently,” says Arian…

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A Growing Problem for Those Growing Old

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A Growing Problem for Those Growing Old

By StatePoint

Misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol among the elderly is one of the fastest-growing health problems in the United States, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), yet it can often be mistaken for normal aging behavior. The statistics are alarming: according to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug…

State Launches ‘Change the Script’ Campaign To Combat The Prescription Drug And Opioid Misuse Crisis

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State Launches ‘Change the Script’ Campaign To Combat The Prescription Drug And Opioid Misuse Crisis

By Tribuna Staff

Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined the Commissioners of the state Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Consumer Protection (DCP) and Public Health (DPH) to officially launch the Change the Script statewide public awareness campaign, which is designed to provide communities, healthcare providers, pharmacists and individuals with information on the prescription drug and opioid…

White House Moves to Allow Obamacare Rival

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White House Moves to Allow Obamacare Rival

By Ana Radelat | CTMirror.org

The Trump administration on February 27 moved forward on allowing Americans to purchase short-term health plans that may be more affordable than what’s on the market right now but would not contain the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections and would undermine the health care law. Health and Human Services Department Secretary Alex Azar issued proposed…

4 Steps to a Healthier You this New Year

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4 Steps to a Healthier You this New Year

By StatePoint

Want to make resolutions you’ll keep this new year? Think simple, sustainable changes. Follow these four steps for a healthier you, inside and out. Stick to Your Workout After the holidays, the gym is filled with people who have resolved to incorporate exercise routines into their lives. Come February, the novelty of the new year…

State Watchdog: Schools Keeping Too Many Students Home Without Medical OK

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State Watchdog: Schools Keeping Too Many Students Home Without Medical OK

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CTMirror.org

An investigation by a state watchdog agency has found that “high numbers” of children have left public school for medical or mental health reasons – though only two-thirds of the absences had been authorized by the student’s health care provider, as required by state regulations. Calling her team’s findings “troubling,” State Child Advocate Sarah Eagan…

Tips for Choosing and Using Your 2018 Medicare Health Plan

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Tips for Choosing and Using Your 2018 Medicare Health Plan

By StatePoint

It’s that time of year again: the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) began October 15 and runs through December 7. Medicare is a critical source of health care for millions of Americans who are age 65 and older and for younger people with certain qualifying disabilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sets…