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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.
     

December 22, 2016

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Legislative Office Building
Room 3200
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Increasing Accuracy of Health Plan Provider Directories

healthcareMany of my constituents have approached me with the common complaint that the provider network information given to them by their health plans is misleading and inaccurate, with a high percentage of listed doctors that will, in fact, not take their health insurance. There are enormous negative repercussions of inaccurate provider directories.

On January 1, 2017, a new law that I helped pass will go into effect, ensuring that doctors and facilities listed as participating providers will actually take health plan enrollee insurance. The new law, PA-16-205, also requires that health plans cover care at an out-of-network rate, if the health plan's coverage is determined to be inadequate. There is more work to be done to ensure network adequacy, such as access to specialists, and I will continue to advocate for these needed reforms in my role on the Public Health Committee.

Holiday Recycling in Branford and North Branford

recycleSince 2013, Branford High School Student Etta Hanlon has run a "Holiday Recycling Program" that encourages town residents to recycle wrapping paper, cardboard and other waste materials generated by the holiday season. Last year, I helped secure a $6,000 state grant for the program, which has allowed Etta to improve the program and expand it into neighboring communities. I am very glad to announce that North Branford has joined the program this year and has already begun distributing holiday recycling bags.

In its first year alone, the Holiday Recycling Program recycled 18 tons of wrapping paper, boxes and other holiday byproducts that would otherwise fill the state's waste stream. Recycling holiday waste holds an important economic benefit in addition to the obvious environmental one. Towns can generate revenue through recycled products, whereas disposing of non-recycled waste is a drain on municipal finances. Etta Hanlon is an incredible young woman, whose innovative Holiday Recycling Program should serve as a model for communities throughout Connecticut. Connecticut has set a goal to reduce solid waste in our state by 60 percent by 2024, and it is the ingenuity of people like Etta Hanlon that will make this goal reachable.

Building the Long Island Sound Blue Plan

blue plan
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a discussion on shaping the Long Island Sound Blue Plan--a new State and stakeholder initiative to better guide future uses of the Sound. The Blue Plan Advisory Committee's kick-off event aimed to educate and engage the public about the Plan, which is intended to protect the Sound's natural resources and its traditional human uses such as boating, fishing, recreation and maritime commerce, among others.

In my first session as your state senator, I led passage of legislation creating the Blue Plan. The Blue Plan will be completed through a coordinated effort by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut, as well as relevant state agencies, colleges, universities, and other stakeholders. These groups will gather information on the waters and submerged lands along Long Island Sound and compile it into a detailed guide. The final plan will take affect following final approval by the General Assembly.
 

 
 

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