Commission on Aging, state representatives to discuss Medicaid cuts

The Ridgefield Commission on Aging will discuss state budget cuts to the Medicare Savings Program today, Dec. 18, at 2:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the small conference room underneath the Town Hall building.

State Reps. John Frey and Michael Ferguson are expected to attend, along with state Sen. Toni Boucher.

The Medicare Savings Program uses state Medicaid money to help cover medical costs not covered by Medicare. The cuts would roll eligibility for the state funds back as part of state funding cuts included in the bipartisan budget signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy on Oct. 31.

“Up to 113,000 seniors and citizens with disabilities may be affected with full or partial benefit loss,” the state’s Department of Social Services said in a press release.

The cuts were originally slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, but the state Department of Social Services announced in a Dec. 6 press release that it would delay the cuts for an additional two months, during which it would review the changes.