Act Today to Help HUSKY A Parents!

From CT Citizen Action Group:

 Calls Still Needed Today and Tomorrow (Friday and Saturday)

Thursday, the outlines of a state budget deal was announced. The deal includes a modest increase in the income eligibility limits for parents in the HUSKY A/Medicaid program. But the proposal will not fully restore coverage of parents to match the income eligibility levels of their children. Children are covered up to 201% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Parents are currently covered up to 155% FPL.

We applaud legislative leaders and the Governor for beginning to address this issue. But we need to match parents’ and their children’s coverage. This ensures coverage of more eligible chldren as well as adults.

Please contact the legislative leaders listed below TODAY and TOMORROW (calls are best but email messages are okay too) with this message:

- Thank you for your attention to the importance of health care for CT’s low income working parents.  
- Please go further and cover HUSKY A parents to 201% of the federal poverty level to match their children’s eligibility, as CT did in its HUSKY program until cuts in 2015.

Jane McNichol
Health Reforms Stall in the Legislature

As the legislature nears its June 5 adjournment date, it remains unclear what progress will be made on health care.

  • The public option and Connecticut Option proposals included in HB 7267 have apparently been blocked by insurance company opposition. Bill sponsors are working on an amended bill with more modest reforms including drug importation, reinsurance and a cost containment system.

  • News reports indicate that the recently announced budget deal will include a modest increase in income eligibility limits for parents in the HUSKY A/Medicaid program and will maintain the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) in its current form.

We will share more details and ideas on next steps as things develop - probably after the end of the session.

Jane McNichol