January 8, 2016
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Officer Aselton Memorial Snow Dash 5K This Weekend
I was mayor of East Hartford when Officer Aselton’s life was tragically cut short on January 23, 1999. Officer Aselton responded to a noise complaint and unknowingly walked in on a robbery and home invasion. The suspect shot Officer Aselton during the incident, ending his promising life at the young age of 26. In memory of Officer Aselton, a scholarship fund was started by his family to support those seeking to better themselves through higher education.
To support this important cause as a spectator or a runner learn more here.
Expanding Transparency in Hospital Fees
Hospital 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.
A Top-10 Energy Efficient State
An 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.