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For over 215 years, HCMA has represented the voice of Hartford County physicians and their patients. We offer not just a wealth of benefits, like networking events, discounts, action alerts and workshops, we also give you and your patients a way to get involved in the fight for the future of health care.

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Action Alerts

Don't be left behind! Find out the latest news, whether it's a policy change, a contract change, billing and coding news and alerts or anything else that affects the way you practice medicine.

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Calendar of Events

HCMA's Event Calendar includes a variety of valuable seminars and events. Our goal is to offer our physician members and their staffs the knowledge and resources necessary to manage a successful practice.

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Physician Locator

Looking for a doctor who supports quality patient care? Search our directory of HCMA members for a physician in your community. You can search by speciality or geographic location.

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This Week at the Capitol

Legislative Activity
This Friday is the deadline for individual legislators to propose bills. That being said, committee chairs are really the ones that decide if an individual proposed bill will be drafted or raised into a committee bill. They do not have to raise bills that were individual proposed; conversely they may (and will) raise bills on their own that have not been proposed by individual legislators. At this stage of the process, committee chairs wield a fair amount of authority as they decide whether their committee will take up an issue or not. Of course, if the Senate President pro tem, Speaker of the House, or House or Senate Majority Leaders propose an individual bill, that’s a good bet that the committee of cognizance will take up the issue in some way.

As of now, the only committees that have actually moved business are Labor & Public Employees and Planning & Development. As expected, Labor is raising a paid family medical leave bill and a minimum wage bill, and P&D is raising a crumbling foundations bill as well as bills on regionalism.

Session scheduled
The House and Senate are tentatively scheduled to go into session on Wednesday, January 30. It appears at this point that they will just be taking up nominations at this point. With the change in administration, there are quite a few Executive nominations that will need to be confirmed by the House and Senate. It does not appear that any nominations will general controversy, but moving nominations through the House and Senate is still a time consuming process. Many legislators take the opportunity to say a few good words about the nominee, especially if the nominee is from their district and especially if it’s a former Representative or Senator.

Legislative Mood
As expected, in long legislative sessions (those in odd numbered years), the session starts off at a relatively slower pace. Freshmen legislators are still getting used to the politics and even the physical structure of the legislative office building. There have been a flurry of committee meetings, but for the most part these are relegated to introductions of committee members and staff and rarely take longer than a half hour. This will change dramatically in the coming weeks as bills are scheduled for public hearings, which may last until the late evening.