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Alerts & Updates

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Sat. - Courtney/Larson/Esty Forums on Tax Law

Jane McNichol

Posted 1/11/2018

U.S. Representatives Courtney and Larson are holding a town hall meeting to discuss the new tax law and implications for Connecticut. 

This Saturday, January 13
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Manchester Community College

Details here

U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty is holding a forum on the same topic and other issues.

This Saturday, January 13
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Farmington Library
Details here.

Comment on Controlling Prescription Drug Costs

Jane McNichol

Posted 1/10/2018

Connecticut's Healthcare Cabinet has recommended actions that Connecticut could take to control prescription drug prices. The Cabinet is seeking comment on their recommendations. Details about the recommendations and a link to the full report are in this blog from Jill Zorn of the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT. Comments are due soon:

Written Comments
Must be submitted by Monday, January 15 at 4:30 pm by e-mail to Victoria.veltri@ct.gov.
In written comments, you could:

  • Tell your story: Why is the issue of high prescription drug prices important to you?  How is it affecting you, your family, friends, employer or co-workers?
  • Emphasize that it is important for Connecticut to take action
  • Highlight one or more of the priority recommendations
  • Raise up any other recommendations you would like to see included in the final report or that you have concerns about

Public Comment at Cabinet Meeting - Tuesday, January 16 at 9:00 am
                                                                Room 310, State Capitol Building
                                                                             
(not the Legislative Office Building)
Cabinet meetings open with an opportunity for public comment.  You must sign up before 9:00 if you plan to speak. Comments are limited to 3 minutes per person. This is an opportunity to tell your story briefly and then highlight one or two recommendations that you support.

Health Care Updates

Jane McNichol

Posted 1/9/2017

Medicare Savings Program - The state legislature voted on Monday to continue the Medicare Savings Program income eligibility limits at their 2017 levels until July 1, 2018 by adopting HB 7601. The state budget adopted in October had significantly reduced the income eligibility levels. Governor Malloy has threatened to veto this new bill because the legislature did not deal comprehensively with state budget problems. The overwhelmingly supportive vote in both the House and the Senate indicates that a veto could be overturned. There were concerns about the revenue used to pay for this change. This issue will have to be revisited in the regular legislative session, which starts in February, or the income limits will drop in July. More details in this CT Mirror article.

Access Health CT - Despite a shortened enrollment period, 114,134 people enrolled in health care plans through Access Health CT, Connecticut's health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act. This number is slightly higher than enrollment in 2016. Open enrollment ended on December 22.