State Representative John Frey (R-111) attended a meeting of Ridgefield’s Committee on Aging with State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26)at Ridgefield Town Hall on Monday to discuss items in the recently-adopted state budget that affect seniors. During the meeting, which was attended by over 70 concerned citizens, he called on the legislature to have a “sense of urgency” and to commit to restoring funding for approximately 113,000 elderly and disabled people who would lose all or part of their health coverage as a result of cuts to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). The two-year budget adopted by the General Assembly reduces the income eligibility limits for all categories of participants in the program, in many cases by as much as 50%.
“I am calling on my colleagues in the legislature to recognize that massive harm will be done to Connecticut’s elderly and disabled populations if we do not act immediately to address the provision of the budget that makes unexpected cuts to the MSP,” said Rep. Frey. “We have a moral obligation to stand up for the vulnerable people who depend on this program and cannot afford the drastic increase in healthcare costs. There is no excuse not to act on this pressing issue – the General Assembly needs to be reconvened before the end of the year to fix this and reassure our seniors and disabled populations that they are not forgotten.”