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Capitol News from State Senator Marilyn Moore

January 8, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 2000
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

E-mail me here

On the Web

Capitol: 860-240-0425
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Office Hours Next Week

office hours
Please join me for office hours next week where you can ask questions and share concerns about issues involving state government. I will be at the Black Rock Branch Library at 2705 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport on Saturday, January 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Unable to join me? Take a look at my full list of upcoming office hours:

Tuesday, January 19
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Trumbull Library
33 Quality St., Trumbull

Saturday, January 23
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
North Branch Library
3455 Madison Ave., Bridgeport

Thursday, January 28
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
733 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe

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.

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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