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STATE SENATOR

Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Listening to You

Ensuring Fair and Transparent Access to Healthcare

I introduced and led passage of Senate Bill 546, to correct a critical problem with health provider directories. Many patients from my district and from across Connecticut voiced a common concern about the list of doctors in their health plans: that many of the doctors, were not, in fact, offering any appointments. Current law requires that health insurance companies maintain a current provider directory on their websites and update that directory monthly. However, consumers are still confused and misled in an important respect: many medical disciplines, such as cardiology, intensive care and psychiatry, have certain doctors who only practice in a hospital and do not see patients for office visits, outpatient consultations or treatment. Without the important distinction and clarification that these doctors are hospital inpatient-only providers, the network is misleading consumers because these hospital-based doctors are not available for typical appointments.

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Consumers rely on the accuracy of health insurance provider lists when shopping for a health plan or when they are facing an urgent health care crisis. They do not have the time to call through an endless list of doctors, only to be told that the doctor does not have any open appointments. Senate Bill 546 fixes this problem, ensuring easier, more transparent access to care. The bill passed both chambers and now awaits final action by Governor Malloy.

Making Smart Investment to Grow our Economy

Building a strong economy requires cooperation between our state and the business community. Connecticut has established a number of successful economic development programs that make strategic investments in local businesses, helping them grow and thrive in our state. However, as business creation and job growth continue to improve in our state, we need to be more careful than ever to ensure that this finite pool of funds is used most effectively in order to ensure the maximum economic impact and job growth.

I led passage of Senate Bill 966 to establish a regular review of Connecticut's economic development investments. This bill requires that the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the state Auditors of Public Accounts make yearly reviews of Connecticut's economic development programs. These reviews will examine how effective the programs have been in encouraging growth and creating jobs. The reports will be delivered to the legislature every year along with recommendations on how to improve our economic development efforts. The economy changes rapidly, and this bill ensures we are able to keep pace and continue working to expand and improve Connecticut's economy.

Important Traffic Advisory for Route 139 in Branford

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that Route 139 in Branford will be closed beginning on July 1, 2017, to facilitate the replacement of the bridge carrying Route 139 over the Branford River. The project involves the complete replacement of the bridge. Separate detours for vehicular and heavy truck traffic will be in effect from July 1, 2017, to November 30, 2017. Please take this project into account when planning your drive through Branford.

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Advanced utility work has already been completed. Upon road closure, the contractor will remove the existing bridge and construct the new bridge, utilizing a very aggressive schedule. By November 30, 2017, the bridge should be complete and the roadway reopened to all traffic. Minor construction activities may occur after November 30, 2017, and may involve daily lane closures.