Archive for October 31st, 2013

October 31st, 2013

White House: CT Has 4th Highest Insurance Premiums

by Christopher O'Brien

The White House report released Wednesday morning showed that Connecticut, which is operating its own health insurance marketplace, will have the 4th highest premiums in the country when enrollment begins on Oct. 1.

The report was meant to highlight how competition between insurance carriers has lowered costs for consumers. The idea behind the law was to get insurance carriers to compete by offering various tiers of insurance through an online marketplace where they could compare the plans side-by-side and no one could be denied.

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October 31st, 2013

Couple Learns Downside of Travel Club

by Christopher O'Brien

By George Gombossy | CtWatchdog

Marilyn Lennehan and her husband Jim were enjoying their La Cabana timeshare six years ago in Aruba when they heard a presentation from a BlueGreen Vacation Club representative.

His spiel of how they could be vacationing for free all over the United States and in Europe was enticing.

“They told us we would not be stuck in one place,” Marilyn recalled.

The two seniors were so impressed that they turned their timeshare over to BlueGreen and paid an additional $6,500 to become a member of the vacation club.

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October 31st, 2013

Prevailing Wage Debate Pits Towns vs. Unions

by Christopher O'Brien
Rep. Richard Smith R-New Fairfield and Rep. Peter Tercyak D-New Britain

Rep. Richard Smith R-New Fairfield and Rep. Peter Tercyak D-New Britain

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie

Municipal associations asked the legislature’s Labor Committee to support changes to the state’s longstanding and politically secure prevailing wage policy at a public forum Tuesday in New Britain.

Connecticut law requires contractors working on state and town construction projects to pay their workers wages and benefits at least equal to rates posted annually by the Labor Department. The prevailing wage law applies to all new government construction projects above $400,000 and renovation projects costing more than $100,000.

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