HARTFORD—State Rep. Bill Buckbee (R-67) on Tuesday co-sponsored and voted for a plan that would provide funding for services and benefits to enrollees of the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year. The legislation was approved in the House by an overwhelming bipartisan majority with a final vote tally of 130 to 3.
MSP is a Medicaid program that helps 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 reduced the eligibility to the federal standard, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s participants. This oversight was the reason for the General Assembly convened in order to ensure those who had qualified through the old standards do not see a lapse in benefits or services.