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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.
     

January 26, 2016

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Legislative Office Building
Room 3200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Protecting our Environment in 2016

Summit
At the end of last year I hosted an Environmental Summit in Branford where I was joined by some of the leading environmental minds to come up with the top issues to tackle in 2016. Since then, I have been out in the community talking about some of the issues that came up at that summit and how we will be addressing them in the 2016 legislative session.

I plan to reintroduce legislation aimed at cutting down on the number of single-use plastic bags used in Connecticut. Many of these bags biodegrade very slowly and end up littering our state and waterways, endangering the lives of wildlife. The problem has gotten so severe that experts are predicting that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans. In addition to the troubling environmental consequences, cleanup of the bags is very costly for the state and municipalities.

I will also look for new, creative ways to fund Connecticut’s state parks. A 2011 study conducted at UConn shows that Connecticut’s parks make an annual contribution of over 9,000 private sector jobs and $1 billion to the economy. According to this study, every $1 spent on state parks returns $38 to Connecticut’s economy. The Environment Committee will host a public hearing this year to hear suggestions on how we can make our state parks more fiscally sustainable. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Cutting Edge Medicine in Branford

Branford
I had the opportunity to visit Radiology Group of Branford and speak with two doctors who practice in Branford and Guilford. Radiology Group, P.C. operates out of the Stony Creek Medical Building, delivering life-saving medical care and serving as an affordable alternative to a major hospital for patients seeking an X-ray, mammogram, or other similar procedure. Hospitals frequently charge "facility fees" for outpatient services. Outpatient clinics like Radiology Group do not charge these fees, which can add several hundred dollars more to a patient's bill. These small, community health providers are an important piece of Connecticut's medical framework and I was glad to have this opportunity to talk with them about how the General Assembly can support their work.

Fighting Fraud in Connecticut

Fight Fraud CT
The state of Connecticut launched a new website, FightFraud.ct.gov, to enhance our efforts to stamp out the fraud and waste that cost our state millions of dollars each year. I encourage you to have a look at the website, which provides examples of fraud that have been detected and investigated, and makes it easier for state residents to report any suspicious activity that they feel may constitute fraud.

Since November 2013, the state has identified and recovered tens of millions of dollars in funds from fraudulent practices in the multi-billion dollar Medicaid program by enhancing the state's False Claims Act and hiring a high-tech firm to help detect patterns of Medicaid fraud. This new website hopes to enhance our fraud fighting efforts by crowdsourcing detection and reporting.
 

 
 

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