Thousands In Connecticut Dropped From Obamacare Coverage Due To Technical Glitch

Connecticut Obamacare Exchange Tech Glitch Drops Thousands From Coverage – Daily Caller

Thousands of Connecticut Obamacare customers are facing coverage uncertainty after computer glitches estimated incorrect subsidies or randomly dropped them from their health plans without warning – even though they’d paid premiums.

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About 3,900 customers of Access Health CT, the state-run Obamacare exchange that has been one of the more successful health care marketplaces thus far, were incorrectly told they qualified for Medicaid due to a computer glitch, The Hartford Courant reports. Other customers received bills from their insurance companies that displayed a different amount than they’d agreed to on the exchange website – and at least 903 customers were unceremoniously kicked off their coverage without warning.

The problems were caused by faulty 834 insurer forms, which caused significant problems at the federal exchange website HealthCare.gov as well. The forms detail the amount of premium tax credits customers qualify for. The “system error” in the 834 forms was discovered on July 1, CEO Kevin Counihan said after state Republicans inquired about customer complaints over dropped coverage.

Some of the customers received paperwork and made premium payments, but have somehow lost their coverage anyway, WTNH reports. Others were told to wait for further paperwork to fill out before their health plans could be activated, but never received the extra forms.

One customer described her frustration with trying to actually access the coverage she purchased for her son.

“Well May comes along when it was supposed to start and I start saying, ‘We don’t have a card, he needs a card, can you send us a card,’ and they still didn’t tell me there was an issue until he went to a walk-in clinic at the end of May and found out he had no coverage,” said Diane Nadeau.

The exchange said Nadeau’s son was dropped from his plan for lack of payment, but Nadeau insisted that despite repeated attempts to get a bill for the exchange plan her son signed up for, no one ever answered her.

“I’ve been calling you like 20 times to find out where the bill is, how much it is, and how we can make a payment to you,” Nadeau charged.

After finally reaching state officials, Nadeau was told that if she made a payment the very same day, her son would have coverage July 1 – two months after his health insurance was supposed to begin.

“This is going to be bumpy,” Kevin Counihan said. “There are going to be some glitches and, you know, big surprise, we got them and you know what guys, we’re going to get more.”

Counihan said the problems are temporary and that, despite customers’ reports, their coverage will be restored.

“I say temporarily with great deliberation, because they are not losing their coverage,” Counihan said.

The exchange will begin contacting customers who did not receive paperwork or were dropped from their coverage beginning July 11, according to WTNH. Officials hope to have a permanent fix to the glitch by July 18.

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Connecticut Community College Punishes Student Veteran For Questioning Governor About Leftist Gun Laws (Video)

Asnuntuck C.C. Punishes Student Speech, Ignores This Exculpatory Video – F.I.R.E.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has called on Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) to drop its disciplinary action against a student following a conversation on campus with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Making matters worse, ACC deprived the student of crucial due process protections, even refusing to review exculpatory video evidence.

On October 23, 2013, student Nicholas Saucier recorded on video a conversation with Governor Malloy, who was speaking at ACC that day. Saucier asked Malloy questions about recent gun legislation, and the conversation was halted abruptly when Malloy got into his car and left. A second recording shows ACC President James Lombella and a campus security officer leading Saucier off campus.

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Based on this conversation, ACC suspended Saucier and charged him with violations of its Policy on Student Conduct, including harassment, threats, and failure to “[d]emonstrate good citizenship by not engaging in conduct prohibited by federal, state, or other laws.” Saucier chose to defend himself in a formal hearing rather than agree to an informal resolution requiring him to plead guilty to all charges, withdraw, and submit to a mandatory professional evaluation for readmission.

At his November 18 hearing, ACC gave itself discretion to “decide what information is appropriate” for consideration, then refused to review Saucier’s videos showing his speech to be protected by the First Amendment. It also prohibited any recording of the hearing, depriving Saucier of a fundamental safeguard colleges routinely afford students. These unwritten abridgements to ACC’s written procedures severely impaired Saucier’s ability to defend himself.

ACC found Saucier guilty of all charges. It lifted Saucier’s suspension but placed him on probation with the condition that any future conduct violations “will likely result in Suspension or Expulsion from the College.” In a letter sent January 13, FIRE called on ACC to reverse its severe violations of Saucier’s free speech and due process rights. The college has failed to respond.

“This case stands as a startling example of what can happen when disrespect for student First Amendment rights is combined with disregard for student due process rights,” said Peter Bonilla, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program. “ACC’s myriad violations of Nicholas Saucier’s rights, effective rewriting of its conduct procedures, and failure to rectify its errors should give all Americans great concern.”

FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of individual rights, freedom of expression, academic freedom, due process, and rights of conscience at our nation’s colleges and universities. FIRE’s efforts to preserve liberty on campuses across America can be viewed at thefire.org.

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Will Connecticut enforce their draconian gun ban bill?

We said registration always leads to confiscation……..

All eyes seem to be on Connecticut right now.

Fox News is reporting that the government of Connecticut announced yesterday that it sent out letters to gun owners that failed to register the modern sporting rifles made illegal by a blatantly unconstitutional “assault weapon” ban:

Connecticut officials are urging owners of now-illegal assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines to relinquish them to the police or make them permanently inoperable.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection announced Friday it had sent a letter to owners who had failed to register the items by a Jan. 1 deadline, part of last year’s gun control law. Officials offered advice on what to do now with the weapons and magazines.

The letter says gun owners are in compliance with the new state law if their items are no longer in Connecticut or were sold to an authorized gun dealer.

The majority of gun owners refused to comply with this bill, and rightfully so. The question is now how far will Connecticut go? Are they willing to make felons out of these folks? Are they going to do the right thing and repeal this foolish law? As I said, all eyes are on Connecticut now. And we will soon know if Chris Christie REALLY wants to be president

Connecticut Substitute Teacher Caught Masturbating In School Hallway As Students Pass By

Substitute Teacher Charged With Masturbating In School Hallway As Students Pass By – Weekly Vice

Michael Luecke, a 72-year-old substitute teacher at Westhill High School, was jailed Wednesday after he was allegedly discovered masturbating in a school hallway.

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According to police, Luecke’s activity was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. when a school paraprofessional who was walking the hall noticed a man laying on the floor.

Thinking that the man might be hurt, the paraprofessional moved in for a closer look. That’s when she realized that Luecke’s hand was in his pants “manipulating his penis,” according to the arrest affidavit.

The woman immediately alerted school officials who removed Luecke from the class he was teaching and then contacted police.

Investigators reviewed school surveillance video which reportedly shows Luecke masturbating in a school stairwell while staring at a group of students in a nearby courtyard. Luecke is then seen laying on his back and masturbating as six students pass by his location.

Luecke was booked into jail and charged with public indecency, breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.

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Gun Registry Revolt In Connecticut – Semi-Automatic Rifle Owners To State: SCREW!

Officials In Connecticut Stunned By What Could Be A Massive, State-Wide Act Of ‘Civil Disobedience’ By Gun Owners – The Blaze

On Jan. 1, 2014, tens of thousands of defiant gun owners seemingly made the choice not to register their semi-automatic rifles with the state of Connecticut as required by a hastily-passed gun control law. By possessing unregistered so-called “assault rifles,” they all technically became guilty of committing Class D felonies overnight.

Police had received 47,916 applications for “assault weapons certificates” and 21,000 incomplete applications as of Dec. 31, Lt. Paul Vance told The Courant.

At roughly 50,000 applications, officials estimate that as little as 15 percent of the covered semi-automatic rifles have actually been registered with the state. “No one has anything close to definitive figures, but the most conservative estimates place the number of unregistered assault weapons well above 50,000, and perhaps as high as 350,000,” the report states.

Needless to say, officials and some lawmakers are stunned.

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Due to the new gun control bill passed in April, likely at least 20,000 individual people – possibly as many as 100,000 – are now in direct violation of the law for refusing to register their guns. As we noted above, that act is now a Class D Felony.

Mike Lawlor, “the state’s top official in criminal justice,” suggested maybe the firearms unit in Connecticut could “sent them a letter.” However, he said an aggressive push to prosecute gun owners in the state is not going to happen at this point.

Lawlor, the undersecretary for criminal justice policy in the state Office of Policy and Management, also suggested that the legislature should reopen the registration period to encourage more gun owners to register their firearms.

You may recall the viral photo of Connecticut gun owners waiting in line to register their guns in December, which one person said reminded them of the “Weimar Germany.”

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Republican state Sen. Tony Guglielmo told The Courant he recently spoke to a constituent at a meeting in Ashford, who informed him that some of his friends with semi-automatic rifles are intentionally taking a stand.

“He made the analogy to prohibition,” the lawmaker recalled. “I said, ‘You’re talking about civil disobedience, and he said ‘Yes.’”

Guglielmo said he really thought the “vast majority would register.”

Other officials think the low registration numbers are due to ignorance on behalf of gun owners who aren’t aware of the new law. It’s impossible to know the main reason why gun owners aren’t showing up to register their guns without hearing from them directly, though Guglielmo’s constituent indicates at least some are practicing “civil disobedience.”

“Sorting out the number of potential new felons is a guessing game. State police have not added up the total number of people who registered the 50,000 firearms, Vance said. So even if we knew the number of illegal guns in the state, we’d have a hard time knowing how many owners they had,” the report concludes.

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Connecticut Democrats And Union President Given Awards By Communist Party USA At Public High School

Two Democrats And Union President Given Communist Awards At Event Held In A Public School – Gateway Pundit

The Progressives love to tout the separation of church and state, especially when it comes to prayer in public schools. But when it comes to the public schools in New Haven Connecticut, Communists seem more than welcome.

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(Front Row Left) Former Democrat State Senator Ed Gomes, (Front Row Center) Democrat State Representative Edwin Vargas and (Front Row Right) Laurie Kennington, president of Local 34 clerical and technical workers at Yale. (Back Row Seated) John Olsen, former Communist award recipient and President emeritas Conn. AFL-CIO At the 2013 CPUSA Amistad Awards (Pic from PW/Henry Lowendorf)

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The Bell News reports that last month two State Democratic Politicians and a Local Union President accepted awards from the Communist Party USA at an event held in a public high school:

According to an article on the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) News, People’s World, in December of 2013 a Communist award ceremony was held in a New Haven Connecticut public high school auditorium where the Democrat State Rep, Former Democrat State Senator and the local Union President all received awards:

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – From the opening video and drumming to the remarks of the awardees, songs, youth slide show and finale, an atmosphere of unity and optimism inspired the entire multi-racial audience at the 2013 People’s World Amistad Awards, held in the auditorium of Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School…

…In his closing remarks Rev. Scott Marks brought the crowd to its feet as he called for door-to-door organizing that will “move forward” the fight for jobs and other needs. “I will not go back!” he exclaimed passionately.

Marks and all the awardees praised the vision and work of the Communist Party in their communities. The event was held on the occasion of the CPUSA’s 94th anniversary.

Former state Senator Ed Gomes, a steelworker, state representative Edwin Vargas, a teacher, and Laurie Kennington, president of Local 34 clerical and technical workers at Yale all accepted large framed posters of the Amistad statue that stands in front of New Haven City Hall, cheered on by family, friends, co-workers, elected officials and union and community leaders.

Read more at The Bell News.

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Leftist Gun-Grabber Update: Many Connecticut Firearms Owners Will Be Felons In A Few Days

Many Connecticut Gun Owners Will Be Felons In A Few Days – Downtrend

Gun Owners in Connecticut who fail to disclose their “assault weapons” are about to become felons.

That’s right. Felons. Do not pass go. Go straight to jail.

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Under a ridiculous law passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, anyone in possession of a gun on the “ban list” must register the weapon with the state by Jan. 1. Also required to register are any magazines over ten rounds.

Gun banner Michael Lawlor, who works for the governor’s office made the state’s intentions clear: “You can either surrender the weapon to us, destroy the weapon or sell it to a federal firearms licensee,” he said. “After [Jan. 1], anything that hasn’t been declared or registered is banned and if you get caught, you’re going to get arrested.”

Gun rights advocates are fighting the measure, but will be an uphill battle in one of the most liberal states in the union.

“Assault weapons” are defined by the ignorant largely as rifles with cosmetic attachments meant to make them look “scary.”

Possessing a weapon after the Jan. 1 deadline can mean one year in prison under the state’s “mandatory minimum” guidelines. Possessing a “large capacity” clip will get you a ticket on the first offense, but becomes a felony by the second offense.

A list of the banned guns (and there are a lot of them) can be found here.

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