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Contact Info for Legislators  |  Letter Chris sent with response 

To contact your State Senator and State Representative:  

Identify them by going to: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp , or calling (860) 240‑0100 (the person on the phone will identify your two state legislators based on your street address)

You can reach them by phone either by direct dial number provided by calling (860)240-0100 or by calling:

Senate Democrats:         860-240-8600;
Senate Republicans:       860-240-8800

House Democrats:          860-240-8500;
House Republicans:        860-240-8700

E-mail addresses available at  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp

Mail them at: [Name of Legislator], Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

letter to dss

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Contact Info for Legislators  |  Letter Chris sent with response 

Chris,

I’m responding on behalf of Commissioner Rod Bremby to your email about the Medicare Savings Programs.  As you indicate, the statutory budget changes in MSP income eligibility are going to affect many older adults and individuals with disabilities who have been receiving Medicaid-funded assistance in paying Medicare Part B premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

As administering agency of MSP, the Department of Social Services is responsible for implementing the statutory changes in eligibility.  We have initial information posted atwww.ct.gov/dss/medicaresavingsprograms, including a chart on current eligibility criteria and the eligibility eligibility beginning January 1, 2018.  We will be adding to this section as we mail notices to current beneficiaries in the coming weeks and expand posted and linked information.

We are also partnering with the state’s ‘CHOICES’ service (www.ct.gov/agingservices/cwp/view.asp?a=2513&q=313032) to help people with referral and decisions about next steps if one is losing MSP eligibility.  CHOICES are the experts in helping with information about Medicare options.  Our partners at 2-1-1 will also assist in information and referral, albeit not technical assistance with Medicare like CHOICES will.

Please also see initial responses below.

We hope this information is helpful to you.

Regards,

David Dearborn

David Dearborn
Communications Director | CT Department of Social Services

Office of the Commissioner | 860.424.5024 | fx 860.424.5057

Email David.dearborn@ct.gov | @ctdss | www.ct.gov/dss   

55 Farmington Avenue, 5th floor | Hartford, CT 06105 

     

From: Chris Kelly [mailto:hartfordguy@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:08 AM
To: Bremby, Roderick L.
Subject: Looking for information on Medicare Savings Program

November 15, 2017

Commissioner Roderick Bremby
Department of Social Services
55 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-3730

Dear Commissioner Bremby,

I am writing because I am concerned about the effects of the state budget and changes to the Medicare Savings Plan (MSP) will have on thousands of the state’s seniors who don’t even know that changes are coming.  I am unable to find any information on how the changes will be rolled out.

Many of those enrolled in MSP will not be eligible at the new levels and as far as I can tell they have not been notified how this will affect them.  Some specific concerns are the following:

  • Will folks be cut off immediately in January 1, and therefore have that reflected in their Social Security check (Part B premium deducted), or will Social Security be informed on January 1, and then the folks will suffer a $200 deduction in February (or worse, a $300 deduction in March)?  This is crucial as these amounts make up a large portion of a person’s monthly income and, without time to plan, may result in their inability to pay other expenses.  Eligibility changes are effective January 1, 2018, per the state budget statute.
  • Will their assets now count toward determining eligibility or will it remain an income-based criteria?  No.  Connecticut is one of the few states that does not use an asset-eligibility test, and the state budget legislation does not change that.
  • Some folks may have dropped an expensive supplement when they became eligible for MSP.  Is Medicaid considered creditable, and will they be able to obtain a supplement without hindrance; and does the timing have an impact on that?  If someone finds out March 1 when they get their Social Security check that they no longer have MSP, will they be able to obtain a supplement or switch Medicare plans, or may they be exposed to large medical expenses for the rest of the year?  Researching.  Changes in MSP eligibility take effect January 1.
  • How plainly will this be explained to people?  Folks receive redetermination letters and they have no idea what it is.  They find letters from the state intimidating and incomprehensible.  This is obviously not a simple subject, but we will be working to make consumer information as clear and understandable as possible.

I am sure there are many other considerations that deserve mention. I am very concerned that many good people who worked their whole life, retired with only Social Security and have been depending on this program are about to have the rug pulled out from under them and stand to lose a great deal.

I am sure that these issues hold your concern as well, and I do appreciate your consideration.

Sincerely,

Chris Kelly
555 Asylum Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105

Action Needed 2

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Contact Info for Legislators  |  Letter Chris sent with response 

Drastic Cuts to the Medicare Savings Programs are part of the recently passed state budget. 

The impact of these cuts will be devastating to those elderly and disabled individuals who will be eliminated from MSP. 

68,000 individuals currently receive these services and could be impacted by these cuts which are effective on January 1, 2018.     

 

Legislators need to hear the stories of people in their districts who will be hurt by these cuts!! 

Stories from those who will be impacted are crucial!

 

Please call your legislators NOW and let them know that they need to find a way to fix this! 

The legislature goes into session in February and we can’t ease up on getting this message out to them in the interim!

The more calls and emails the better! 

Contact information for your state senator and your state representative is below.

I am also attaching a fact sheet about the MSP cuts as well as information about the number of individuals potentially impacted by this cut in the towns you work or live in.  Please feel free to contact me for any additional information.  Thank you.

To contact your State Senator and State Representative:  

Identify them by going to: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp , or calling (860) 240‑0100 (the person on the phone will identify your two state legislators based on your street address)

You can reach them by phone either by direct dial number provided by calling (860)240-0100 or by calling:

Senate Democrats:         860-240-8600; Senate Republicans:       860-240-8800

House Democrats:          860-240-8500; House Republicans:        860-240-8700

 

E-mail addresses available at  https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp

Mail them at: [Name of Legislator], Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

Sara Parker McKernan

Legislative/Policy Advocate, 203-232-2421

Request from Legal Aid

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I am at the Medical Assistance Program Oversight Comm. meeting and Rep. Abercrombie just made a speech (on CTN) about how outrageous the MSP cuts to 68,000 plus are and wanting a meeting with DSS, “AARP and whoever else” to “do something about this.”

Separately, I just received this (edited) authoritative report:

Calls needed around MSP

A social worker talked to a state rep. last night, and he said a group of legislators were just beginning to understand the full impact of the MSP cut. And that he has been working with other legislators to see if they could delay the cut until Feb. so they can get back into session and perhaps fix this or reduce the impact. It would be great to get out a call to action asking people to call their legislators and ask them to restore the MSP cut talking about the harm done by this cut-more specific the better- as well as the number of people effected and who these people are. Calls are best but e-mails are fine for people not comfortable doing calls.

But DSS also just announced this morning that the first letters to affected MSP enrollees will go out next week!  So folks getting these letters, the ones most motivated to act, need to be primed to contact their legislators and with what to say to them.  You can tell from the attached chart who will be getting the letters.

Please act on this!

Thanks,

Sheldon

Sheldon V. Toubman
New Haven Legal Assistance Association
426 State Street
New Haven, CT 06510

2018 IAABO Exam Refresher

You have expressed an interest in attending an IAABO Refresher exam session that I am hosting on Monday, November 20 at 7pm.

You’re in.

The session will be held at Art Space Hartford across the street from Union Station.  (There’s a google map at the bottom of this page.)

555 Asylum Ave.  Hartford

Parking is free and in back of the building.  You may park wherever you like/fit in the lot.  There is towing, but it doesn’t start until 9pm, so that assures us that we will be done by 8:58pm.

If you are late I cannot give you credit for attending.  You may come as early as 6:45.  When you arrive, you will need to call/text me, so I can let you in.  My number is (860)478-9050.  I’ll get a pizza, we can socialize for 10 min and then get to it.

I like to move the meeting along. However, it is part of our professional obligation and it is a great way to kick off the season.  I would ask that you have the exam completed when you come, bring your rule book and remember the Mechanics Exam.

Have a great weekend.  I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

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