Articles by Stephen Singer

Data: Connecticut, Maine Have Slow Economic Growth

Economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the recession in 2009, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday. Quarterly gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services — …

New Flood Insurance Law Only Slows Rate Hike for 14K Conn. Property Owners

Stephen Nelson and Mary Anne Mayo are still struggling with the destruction from Superstorm Sandy, nearly 18 months after it swept through their Westport, Conn., home, taking their first-floor belongings into the Saugatuck River. The couple, relying on federal flood …

Private Flood Insurance Provider Steps Into Connecticut Market

A private flood insurance provider has stepped into Connecticut’s market, the first time homeowners along the shoreline battered by Superstorm Sandy have an alternative to increasingly costly federal insurance. The Flood Insurance Agency of Gainesville, Fla., is offering flood insurance …

Massachusetts Digs out After Deadly Tornadoes

Residents of 19 small communities in central and western Massachusetts were left to deal with widespread damage this week, after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials and residents more accustomed to dealing with snow and bone-chilling cold than …

Farmers Watch Harsh Winter Crush Their Livelihoods

For Northeastern farmers long used to coping with all sorts of cold-weather problems, this winter presents a new one: snow and ice that’s bringing down outbuildings, requiring costly repairs, killing livestock and destroying supplies. Farmers in Connecticut alone have lost …

Settlement Reached in Conn. Kickback Scheme

A Connecticut law firm, mortgage company and real estate broker have agreed to pay $700,000 in fines, forfeitures and restitution to settle allegations that they engaged in kickback schemes that cheated hundreds of home buyers for mortgage-related services, state officials …

Conn. Physicians Sue Insurers, Alleging They Favor Designated Doctors

A Connecticut physicians group has sued three insurance companies, claiming they steer patients to certain doctors designated as elite to cut costs. In a lawsuit filed in Danbury Superior Court, the Fairfield County Medical Association accused Cigna Corp. and UnitedHealth …

Privacy Groups Caution as Insurers Move Health Records to Web

Privacy groups are sounding alarms as the nation’s largest insurance companies finalize plans to allow millions more customers to post their health records on the Internet. Insurers like Hartford-based Aetna Inc. say Web-based tools help patients and physicians keep track …

Conn. Towns, Used to Autonomy, Urged to Cooperate on Disaster Plans

Connecticut towns must learn to work together before the first warning is issued of an impending disaster or even before prevention plans are made, local officials were told this week. It’s not an easy task in a state of 169 …

Insurers Expanding Public Access to Medical Cost Information

Shopping for information about the cost and quality of medical care is becoming easier for patients as health insurers compete to become more consumer-friendly. Insurers are coming up with new ways to provide price and service information to customers who …