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Archive for January 2016

Fighting Fraud

The state of Connecticut launched a new website, FightFraud.ct.gov, to enhance our efforts to stamp out the fraud and waste that cost our state millions of dollars each year. I encourage you to have a look at the website, which provides examples of fraud that have been detected and investigated, and makes it easier for state residents such as yourself to report any suspicious activity that they feel may constitute fraud.

Since November 2013, the state has identified and recovered tens of millions of dollars in funds from fraudulent practices in the multi-billion dollar Medicaid program by hiring a high-tech firm to help detect patterns of Medicaid fraud. This new website hopes to enhance our fraud fighting efforts by crowd sourcing detection and reporting.

Information on 2016’s Major Issues Now Available

The state’s non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has issued their annual report on important issues the General Assembly may face during the 2016 legislative session.

Please take a moment to view or download the report by clicking here before the session begins on Wednesday, February 3.

This is also an opportune time to contact us with ideas or concerns regarding these issues, as well as potential bill proposals. Feel free to call our office at 800-842-1423 or email us about this or any other state issue.

Laws Effective Jan 1

With the start of the new year, several new laws went into effect on January 1st.

Here are some of the new laws and links to the language.

Additionally, based on a law passed in 2014, Connecticut’s minimum wage increased from the current rate of $9.15 an hour to $9.60 per hour on January 1, 2016. Ultimately, the minimum wage will be increased to $10.10 on January 1, 2017.

An entire list of these laws can be found by clicking here.