Senior Scene: Reckless reduction

On Dec. 18, we had at our Commission on Aging meeting with state Rep. John Frey and state Sen. Toni Boucher talking about the MSP (Medicare Savings Program), which the governor, when he signed the budget bill, eliminated. This affected seniors and disabled who depended on this plan to make life a little easier. The Medicare Savings Program was a life-saver for those who earned less than $2,120 for single persons or $2,854 for married couples.  

Now, the new state budget drastically cuts the income limits to $1,025 for single individuals and $1,374 for married couples, and disabled. This extreme reckless reduction of eligibility will put thousands of seniors and disabled in danger and they will no longer have affordable, adequate insurance, medication, housing, heat, clothing, and all the other necessities of life on such low income, not to mention pay their taxes. These people deserve to feel that they will be medically taken care of. For a population to be suffering already, it is inconceivable that they would be penalized even further.

Right now the budget has been postponed till June 30, so we have six months to do something about it.

The Department of Social Services, which the Commission on Aging works closely with, is very concerned about this situation as there are 200 people in Ridgefield who are going to be affected by this reduction.

I will keep you up to date on what is going on when we get more information.

See you in two weeks, Chris

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