HARTFORD—State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) was called to the State Capitol on Monday, January 8, 2018 and voted enthusiastically to extend funding and benefits to recipients of the Connecticut Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan plan with a veto-proof majority of 130 to 3.
MSP helps lower income seniors and the disabled pay for Medicare co-insurance, deductibles and premiums. Connecticut was one of five states whose income eligibility limits exceeded the federally established level for program qualification. The budget that was adopted in October reset the eligibility thresholds to match the federal standard, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s participants. This oversight was the reason the General Assembly convened today, in Special Session, to ensure those who had qualified through the old standards will not see a lapse in benefits or services.