HARTFORD: Connecticut is providing an additional $2.7 million in new funding to continue the consumer rebate program launched last year to promote the sale of electric vehicles (EVs).
Health and clean air advocates are breathing a little easier. With the expansion of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program – known as “CHEAPR”. The program provides a cash rebate for residents, businesses and municipalities that purchase or lease a battery-electric (BEV), fuel cell (FCEV) or plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). FCEVs receive the largest rebate of $5,000, while PHEVs and BEVs receive incentives ranging from $750 to $3,000, based on battery size.
According to the American Lung Association Connecticut could benefit to the tune of $1.3 billion in annual saving for health and “environmental ‘damage.”
ANSONIA: BHCare received two-year grants from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for $75,000 and the Valley Community Foundation also for $75,000 to support its affiliation with the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center.
They will use this funding to integrate care for Valley families and to increase the services of children in the Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities.
These organizations collaborate to create a comprehensive system of child, adolescent, teen and adult care struggling with mental illness and/or addiction. Parents and children have access to on-site services at the same time while the families receive the support that they need in order to move forward. If certain clients of the PCRC system start to age out of children’s services, they will still remain in the same system so they don’t “fall through the cracks.”
NEW HAVEN: Richard D’Aquila has been named president of Yale New Haven Health Systems (YNHHS). D’Aguila remains in his current role as president of Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). D’Aquila is expected to expand his role to “collaborate with local healthcare providers and hospitals to enhance access to specialty medical care in local communities across Connecticut.”
Marna Borgstrom, CEO YNHHS and YNHH, explained his suitability for the task, saying “Rick has led the team of talented physicians and leaders who built these services and is uniquely qualified to oversee the expansion of these services going forward.”
HAMDEN: Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists has opened an occupational medicine program, OccNow, to provide more immediate walk-in style “services to employers across multiple industries; providing services such as pre-employment exams, CDL testing, injury care management and many more.”
The facilities are currently located in the practice’s OrthoNOW suite located at 2416 Whitney Ave., Hamden, but is expected to expand to its OrthoNow locations in Branford and Orange.
The hours of operation for this program are 8am - 4pm, Monday-Friday. There continue to be extended hours for occupational injury care management with weeknight and weekend hours.
A cloud technology project that tracks a patient’s whole body statistics is being piloted at two facilities nationally, including Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.
BIO is a cloud-based software collects details about nutrition, wellness and medical conditions and matches the individual’s details up against “existing medical knowledge, expert opinions and diagnostics” as well as a network of physicians, dietitians, life coaches and communities.
Dr. Lorenzo Galante and Dr. Sanjay K. Aggarwal
of New Haven, have joined Healthcare2U of Austin, Texas’ Private Physician Network (PPN) medical care, wellness and chronic disease management. The New Haven location is Healthcare2U’s first location in the Northeast, the company has 60 locations in Texas and Oklahoma.
“One of the biggest challenges in healthcare today is convenient and affordable access to quality medical care,” said Andy Bonner, president and CEO of Healthcare2U. “We look forward to working with Connecticut businesses to make sure employees can see a physician when they need one. As Healthcare2U continues to grow, we will continue to look for ways to break down old models to redefine how healthcare is delivered by improving the consumer experience while controlling costs.”
The company says it works with healthcare brokers and businesses “to provide a comprehensive suite of customized group health plans to deliver direct primary care.”
Through the New Haven clinic, Healthcare2U members will be able to access primary care, wellness coaching and chronic disease management. In addition to a network of 60 affiliated clinics, the company says Healthcare2U delivers primary care through dedicated on-site employer based clinics and employer shared clinics.
Two state agency heads have ruled against Connecticut hospitals’ claims that the state tax on hospitals is illegal, clearing the way for the industry to take the state to court.
Hospitals have long bristled at the tax, imposed during a budget crisis in 2011 and increased by hundreds of millions of dollars since then. Last year, 24 hospitals and the Connecticut Hospital Association challenged the tax, seeking declaratory rulings on its legality from the departments of social services and revenue services.
Recently, Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby and Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan issued a 179-page ruling rejecting the hospitals’ arguments that the tax violated the Connecticut and U.S. constitutions, as well as state statute.
The Connecticut State Medical Society has recently sworn in Dr. Jeffrey A. Gordon as its new President. The CSMS, headquartered in North Haven, swore in Dr. Gordon as its 178th President. Dr. Gordon is a hematologist-oncologist practicing at The New London Cancer Center and has served in numerous leadership roles at the Society prior to his Presidency. He previously served in academic capacities as well, with both UConn and UMass.