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Rep. Petit, Mayor Stewart to Ring Bells for The Salvation Army

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New BritainState Representative William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart will participate in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign by ringing bells at Stop and Shop on Monday, December 18 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Community members are invited to support the cause and donate whatever they can.

Stop and Shop is located at 1309 Corbin Avenue in New Britain, CT.

WHO: Rep. William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) and Mayor Erin Stewart
WHAT: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign bell ringing
WHEN: Monday, December 18 from 5:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Stop and Shop – 1309 Corbin Ave., New Britain, CT
WHY: State Legislators will join fellow volunteers ringing bells to raise money for the Salvation Army this holiday season.

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Local Legislators Call for Immediate Legislative Action to Restore Medicare Savings Plan Funding

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Hartford—State Representatives Whit Betts (R-78) and William A. Petit, Jr. (R-22) have joined their Republican legislative colleagues in the House of Representatives in calling for an immediate convening of the Connecticut General Assembly to restore funding to the Medicare Savings Plan (MSP).  Betts and Petit yesterday signed a petition to call the legislature into session to find a solution to this issue.

“I am committed to doing whatever is necessary to have a special session prior to January 1 with the specific goal of helping low income seniors and disabled individuals who are at risk of losing MSP assistance because of new eligibility requirements,” said Rep. Betts. “The new eligibility criteria will severely jeopardize the life and health care of these folks, and this consequence is totally unacceptable to me.”

MSP is an income-based program, which provides supplemental financial assistance to seniors and the disabled to cover items such as Medicare co-insurance, deductibles, and premiums. The funding for the program was cut in the recently passed state budget. If no change is implemented, almost 100,000 individuals statewide will lose their current coverage.

Petit added, “I am happy to return to session to reconsider the MSP eligibility issue as well as other overall budget issues. We may need to consider a means or asset test as MSP as currently administered will cost taxpayers about $83 million over two years. Thus to fund it means that we need to make cuts in other places in the budget or consider the option of raising taxes which most people, including me, have opposed.”

State Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Roderick Bremby last week issued a release stating that DSS will be delaying the implementation of the cuts until March 1. The legislators stated that they hoped the legislature would act quickly to restore funding prior to the start of the 2018 Legislative Session, which convenes February 7. Anyone affected by the MSP cuts may contact the following resources for information on replacement benefits:

CHOICES (1-800-994-9422): Information related to Medicare and alternate benefits Department of Social Services (1-800-842-1508):
Information related to Medicaid (i.e. Husky C) and MED-Connect
Connecticut Insurance Department (1-800-203-3447): Information related to Medigap products

While legislative leaders continue to meet on this matter, no official date for session has been set.

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Petit, Martin Ring in the Season of Giving

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As featured in The Bristol Press online, 12.5.17
Staff Writer: Brian Johnson

PLAINVILLE – State Sen. Henri Martin and state Rep. William Petit donned Santa hats Monday night to ring bells for the Salvation Army at Gnazzo’s Grocery.

The legislators were joined by Salvation Army Lieutenant Emmanuel Echavarria who provided them with the official collection buckets and aprons and thanked them for their support.

Within minutes, customers began regularly stopping to make donations.

“There is a lot of need this time of year,” said Echavarria. “Some people have lost their job or maybe others have lost their homes with the flooding in Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida and are being supported by relatives. We are here to support them and we couldn’t do anything if not for the charity of volunteers and the people that support them.”

Martin said that ringing bells for the Salvation Army is an opportunity to “remind people about what the Christmas season is all about in our own little way.”

Martin noted that in previous years he had rung bells at Walmart and as part of the Rotary Club. He wished that everyone enjoys their Christmas.

“I hope everybody takes the time to enjoy being with their family and to reflect on why we are celebrating Christmas,” he said.

Petit said he also has rung bells with the Rotary Club. Although he was not a member he supported his father’s and sister’s efforts.

“I think everybody is looking to help people out this time of year,” he said. “While many people in Connecticut are reasonably prosperous there are also many in need. One of the reasons that people like to support the Salvation Army is that they are able to do a lot with very low overhead.”

Petit wished everyone a merry and healthy Christmas and happy holidays.

“I hope everyone will be able to maintain a positive attitude and reach out to help others,” he said. “With the budget cuts we are facing it will be especially important to help out your neighbors, your nonprofits and your churches.”