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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.
     

January 8, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Expanding Transparency in Hospital Fees

hospitalsHospital patients can expect a more clear explanation of the charges for their stay as the result of a law passed last year. The law, which went into effect this month, ensures that hospitals notify patients of their intentions to begin charging facility fees. The new law also requires that all billing statements clearly identify the fee, explain that it is being imposed to cover hospital operational expenses, and inform patients that they have the right to request a reduction of the facility fee or any other part of the bill.

Facility fees are charged by hospitals for outpatient services provided in the facility and are intended to cover operational expenses associated with these services. Patients have complained about being charged hundreds of dollars in facility fees without being told about them in advance and without explanation of their purpose. On many occasions patients have been seeing the same doctor or specialist for years and are unaware that they have been acquired by a hospital which would begin charging facility fees. Patient advocates argue that the fees are difficult to understand and can be different amounts depending on the hospital charging them. The law that went into effect this month will help patients better understand these fees and their rights regarding them.

Connecticut A Leader in Job Growth

JobsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over the past 12 months, Connecticut experienced the sixth-largest decline in unemployment of any state in the nation. According to the most recent federal and state data, jobless numbers dropped from 6.3 percent in November 2014 to 5.1 percent in November 2015, one of the largest decreases nationwide.

Data released earlier this month shows that Connecticut has recovered all of the private sector jobs that were lost during the 2008 recession, bringing the state’s private sector recovery rate to 101.6 percent. Over the year, Connecticut has added 26,800 nonfarm jobs.

A Top-10 Energy Efficient State

energyAn annual ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated Connecticut among the Top 10 energy-efficient states in America.

Connecticut was noted for its financial incentives and energy efficiency investments. The state ranked sixth in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the same position it held in 2014.
 

 
 

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