Senate adopts 'humane' budget that cuts taxes, looks beyond pandemic
By Keith M. Phaneuf
The CT Mirror
May 3, 2022
The Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a $24.2 billion state budget that provides more than $600 million in gasoline, income and property tax relief while expanding investments in health care, social services and early childhood development.
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 24-12, largely along party lines, to adopt the package, which now heads to Gov. Ned Lamont, who is expected to sign it. The House of Representatives, where Democrats also hold the majority, approved the budget 95-62 early Tuesday morning.
AG, lawmakers review implications of hospital antitrust suit
By MARK PAZNIOKAS
The CT Mirror
January 13, 2022
A competitor’s antitrust lawsuit against Hartford HealthCare comes as Connecticut already was struggling to explore one of its central issues: What does the purchase of physician practices by hospitals do to competition, costs and care?
The lawsuit filed by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center accuses Hartford HealthCare of buying physician practices with the predatory intent of controlling the referrals that feed patients to its hospitals, surgical centers and other affiliates.
The General Assembly last year directed the state Office of Health Strategies to report by Feb. 1, 2023 whether it has sufficient regulatory powers to oversee the mergers and acquisitions of medical practices.