The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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Stamford GOP State Sen. TONY HWANG Connecticut’s Department of Insurance is holding public hearings on double-digit rate increases requested by the state’s health insurers. Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. has asked for an average 26.8 percent rate increase for individual plans offered on and off the state’s health insurance exchange, Access Health CT. Anthem’s plans cover 56,700 residents. A hearing on that proposal is scheduled for Wednesday, beginning at 9 a.m. Two additional hearings are scheduled Thursday for rate increases requested by ConnectiCare Inc. and Aetna Inc., both based in Connecticut. ConnectiCare has asked for an average 24.3 percent increase for individual plans offered off the exchange, which cover 37,142 people. Aetna has asked for a 27.9 percent increase for off-exchange plans covering 6,346 people. All hearings will be held at the Insurance Department’s Hartford offices.

Dr. DONALD BUCKLIN (Regional Medical Director for U.S. HealthWorks, and a Practicing Clinical Occupational Medicine For More Than 25 Years) Last month, the World Health Organization reversed its decades-long stance that coffee "possibly carcinogenic," citing a lack of evidence. What's more, the findings may also shed light on whether or not coffee is truly good for your health. Some studies have found benefits, while others warn of potential risks.

MICHAEL RAY NEWMAN (Workplace, employment expert and business coach) With job prospects improving, workers are looking to greener pastures, but simple mistakes in the application process may be holding them back from landing a new opportunity.

Fox News Radio's EBEN BROWN (Live from Miami) Florida confirmed Monday 10 more homegrown cases of Zika in people infected by local mosquitoes, leading federal health officials to advise women who are pregnant to avoid the area just north of downtown Miami where Zika is spreading. Women who have visited the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami since June 15 should avoid getting pregnant for at least eight weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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