Help Preserve HUSKY/Medicaid!

Gov. Lamont’s budget proposal, announced February 20, maintains the HUSKY/Medicaid program without major cuts. That’s a good way to start the discussion on the state budget. BUT Gov. Lamont’s budget proposal relies on revenue increases to avoid spending cuts.

The next steps in the discussion are the consideration of revenue options by the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee and spending levels by the Appropriations Committee. To preserve HUSKY, we need to be active with both these Committees.

This Friday, March 15, in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building, the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee will hold a public hearing on the Governor’s REVENUE proposals. The hearing starts at 10:30 am.

You can help avoid cuts to HUSKY by supporting revenue increases that provide needed revenue and make the tax system more fair.

To express your opinion, submit testimony the Committee by e-mailing testimony in Word or PDF format to FINtestimony@cga.ct.gov or testify in person. Details on signing up to testify are here. You can also share your views with your legislators, even if they are not on the Finance Committee. All legislators be involved in the budget debate during the session.

Key Talking Points:

  • HUSKY/Medicaid provides vital health coverage to over 800,000 CT residents, including children and their parents, seniors, people with disabilities and other low-income working residents.

  • Gov. Lamont’s budget proposal maintains funding for needed health care programs by raising revenues.

  • The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee should also avoid cuts to needed programs by ensuring there are sufficient revenues to fund needed health care programs.

  • Revenue changes should be structured so as to result in a more equitable tax system.

For more details on the Governor’s revenue proposals, see p. 14-16 in CT Voices for Children’s Policy Report: Impact of the Governor’s FY 2020-2021 Budget on Children and Families.

Jane McNichol