Hartford Business Journal

October 5, 2015

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G R E AT E R H A R T F O R D ' S B U S I N E S S N E W S w w w. H a r t f o rd B u s i n e s s . c o m For more B2B news visit OCTOBER 5, 2015 Volume 23, Number 45 $3.00 Subscribe online Reinvented and reinvigorated. Book of Lists 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 Reserve Your Space Today! Ad Space Closing: 11/30/15 Release Date: 12/28/15 Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 10 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 12 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 17 ■ Movers and Shakers: PG. 18 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Finish Line As race day approaches, the Hartford Marathon Foundation is asking sponsors to step up the expertise and promotional services that they typically offer to the "official" charities that help stage the race, with an eye toward increasing sponsors' donations from $325,000 in 2014 to more than $500,000. PG. 3 Bronin's post-election vision for city sharpens By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com F resh from a primary win but still weeks away from the citywide mayoral elec- tion, Democratic candidate Luke Bro- nin says that if he prevails, he won't wait to engage with Hartford's business and private sectors on issues important to both. "I'll be reaching out very quickly to the busi- ness community, asking them to be partners in our effort to strengthen and revitalize Hart- ford,'' Bronin told The Hartford Business Jour- nal. "I would like to seek their expertise and their perspective. But I also want to make sure they know they have a partner. I also want to have their partnership in some initiatives that are going to be very important to me … " Oz Griebel, CEO of the MetroHartford Continued on page 13 LEADERSHIP CHANGE H B J P H O T O | G R E G O R Y S E A Y Healthcare Cost Fix Can market forces really help bend the healthcare cost curve? Industry experts representing insurers, big pharma, and other interested parties recently debated that question in Hartford. PG. 5 By Matt Pilon mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com I t appears high-deductible health plans are here to stay. Since 2008, enrollment in so- called "consumer-driven" plans has grown 10 percent per year in Con- necticut as companies have felt the pinch of higher healthcare costs. As of last year, the number of Connecticut workers enrolled in high-deductible plans, as defined by the IRS, reached 264,219, accord- ing to data from industry associa- tion America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). That's the highest number in New England and represents more than 11 percent of total 'Consumer-driven' health plans continue to gain ground in CT Continued on page 14 P H O T O | B R I A N A J A C K S O N , S H U T T E R S T O C K . C O M El Mercado owner Ramon Flores (left) chats with Hartford mayoral candidate Luke Bronin inside the Park Street market in the city's Frog Hollow neighborhood.

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