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OP-ED | There’s Plenty of Hospital Money – It’s About Where They Spend It
by Tom Swan | Jun 29, 2015 9:00am
Some independent hospitals do need financial help, but the real issue is monopoly. While the state’s biggest hospitals bemoan the budget, regulatory records and financial statements show that they are spending millions of dollars for mergers and acquisitions, driving up costs and reducing patient choice. Read more...
State leaders applaud Obamacare ruling CT Post.com-By Tatiana Cirisano and Mackenzie Rigg
Published 3:47 pm, Thursday, June 25, 2015
Tom Swan, the executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, which advocated for health care reform, called the court’s decision “a tremendous win for consumers of health care everywhere.”
“It’s a great relief that this was done today,” Swan said. “It should be the final step in the effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act and it should be a wake-up call for the members of the flat earth society, like Rick Scott from Florida, to realize that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and that passing Medicaid expansion is good for consumers, providers and businesses.” Read more...
As Special Session Looms, More Public Statements Against Corporate Greed Ct News Junkie-by Elizabeth Regan
Jun 25, 2015 5:30am
"Protest organizer Ann Pratt, of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, said the corporation owes its workers higher wages and it owes the state more taxes. She cited statistics from a report released last week by the progressive group Americans for Tax Fairness that said Wal-Mart is hiding $76 billion in assets overseas." Read more...
Connecticut Bans Variable-rate Electricity Contracts HARTFORD, Conn.(WTNH)-By Morgan Crabtree, News 8 Intern
Published: June 24, 2015, 5:32 pm
Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to ban contracts that force residents to pay a different amount for electricity each month. HARTFORD, Conn.(WTNH) Read more...
Thank you to AARP for taking the lead on this and to all of the CCAG allies and members who showed up at the hearings, wrote letters, made calls to legislators, and to all of the legislators who championed this bill!
Malloy says there is ‘consensus’ on tax hike rollbacks By Keith M. Phaneuf and Mark Pazniokas
June 24, 2015
Tom Swan, the executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, said the money raised by the bill could be used to address other legislative concerns about the budget, such as the $46.5 million tax increase on hospitals and a reduction in Medicaid reimbursement rates. Read more...
Rally Accuses GE, CBIA of Dishonesty Over Budget Intervention WNPR-By Harriet Jones
Jun 11, 2015
Tom Swan of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group accused the CBIA of dishonesty. He said the state has one of the lowest effective corporate tax rates in the nation, and that the legislature’s efforts to lower property taxes are far more relevant to the majority of businesses. Read more...