Jake is a former managing editor of The Ridgefield Press, a Hersam Acorn newspaper. He worked for the community newspaper chain as a reporter and editor for five years before joining the Mirror staff. He studied professional writing at Western Connecticut State University and is a graduate student in computer science at Harvard Extension School.
The federal health law pays an estimated $346 million per year in insurance premiums on behalf of Connecticut residents — dollars that will be at stake as lawmakers debate a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. For individual Connecticut customers, that amounts to an average of $357 in premium subsidies per month, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president has been followed by a wave of reports of racially and ethnically motivated acts of intimidation and hatred both nationwide and in Connecticut, but spotty law enforcement data could limit our ability to fully understand the subject.
Students taking on federal student loans to attend Connecticut schools do about the same or better at repaying that debt than students at schools across the country, but the type of school makes a difference. Nationwide, schools had an average default rate — the percentage of borrowers in the repayment phase who are in default — of about about 10.7 percent in fiscal year 2013.
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