$80M cancer treatment center proposed for Danbury clears a key hurdle

DANBURY — A proposed cancer treatment center that would use novel radiation technology to kill more tumor cells and fewer healthy tissue has cleared its first regulatory hurdle.

Proton Danbury, an $80 million facility proposed in the spring, has completed its application with a state oversight agency, clearing the way for a public hearing, a state spokesman confirmed on Thursday.

The Danbury proposal is one of two “proton therapy” cancer centers in Connecticut under review by the state Office of Health Strategy.

The other proton therapy proposal, being launched in a partnership between two of the state’s major health systems, uses the same novel technology that is being touted in Danbury as a more precise way to target cancer tumors than traditional X-ray beams, commonly called radiation.

That proposal by Hartford Health Care and Yale New Haven Health has also completed its application with the state, and is awaiting a

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Unemployed Stage Actors to Face New Health Insurance Hurdle

Facing enormous financial strain because of the shutdown of the theater industry, the health insurance fund that covers thousands of stage actors is making it more difficult for them to qualify for coverage.

Currently, professional actors and stage managers have to work 11 weeks to qualify for six months of coverage. But starting Jan. 1, they will have to work 16 weeks to qualify for a similar level of coverage.

Nonprofit and commercial theater producers contribute to the health fund when they employ unionized actors and stage managers, but because theaters have been closed since March, those contributions — which make up 88 percent of the fund’s revenue — have largely ceased.

“The fact that we have no contributed income is something no one could have foreseen,” said Christopher Brockmeyer, a Broadway League executive who co-chairs the fund’s board of trustees, which is evenly divided between representatives of the Actors’

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