Connecticut’s state health care exchange announced on Thursday that more than 208,000 people signed up during its first open enrollment period. That’s more than twice the number of people Access Health Connecticut expected to sign up. Nearly two thirds of enrollees in the state exchange are signed up through Medicaid. Of the nearly 78,713 people who enrolled in the exchange with a private insurance carrier, 78 percent received a tax subsidy.
US Senator Richard Blumenthal of Conn. (right) listening to Michael Botticelli, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, at the heroin addiction forum at the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in New Haven on Thursday April 17, 2014.
Connecticut’s two U.S senators want more money spent for the treatment of heroin addiction. The senators said this at a forum with recovering addicts at a community health center in New Haven on Thursday.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a labor deal with the union representing workers for New York's subway system. The deal could have an impact on a looming strike on the Long Island Rail Road this summer.
March labor numbers for Connecticut and Long Island were released Thursday. Connecticut’s labor report shows the state added 4,900 jobs in March, helping to restore some of the jobs lost in a sudden dive in January. On Long Island, employers added over 14,000 private sector jobs in March compared to a year ago.