Reminder: Health Equity Solutions Listening Sessions - This Week and Next
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HES invites you to join one of our 2019 Listening Sessions!

These listening sessions will be approximately an hour and a half long and involve community members and organization partners. We hope to learn your thoughts on health care and health equity and will use the information to inform our 2020 legislative session.

Windham, Wed, Aug 7 Middletown, Tues., Aug. 13
11:00 am - 12:30 pm 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Generations Family Health Center Cross Street AME ZionChurch
40 Mansfield Avenue 440 West Street

New Haven, Thurs, Aug 8 Bridgeport, Wed. Aug. 14
5:30 - 7:30 pm 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Christian Community Action Burroughs Community Center
660 Winchester Avenue 2470 Fairfield Avenue

Waterbury, Mon, Aug 12
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Waterbury Youth Services
83 Prospect Street

To register, go to: https://hesct.salsalabs.org/listeningsessionsdraft
For questions, please reach out to Samantha Lew, Policy Analyst, at slew@hesct.org or (860) 937- 6432.

Jane McNichol
Happy 54th Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid!
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Today, July 30, we celebrate the 54th anniversary of the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. In 1965,

  • 19 million seniors and people with disabilities were eligible for Medicare; today, 58.4 million people get health insurance through Medicare

  • Medicaid covered only people receiving cash welfare assistance from the federal government (low-income parents, children and people with disabilities). Now eligibility is tied to income, not welfare receipt, and many more categories of people are eligible. About 75 million people get health insurance through Medicaid.

President Truman had first introduced a bill to provide health insurance as part of the Social Security Act in 1945 and was thrilled to live to see its passage 20 years later. President Johnson said at the signing ceremony: “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years."

Jane McNichol