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Rep. Will Duff Votes to Restore Medicare Savings Program

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HARTFORD—State Rep. Will Duff (R-2) on Monday voted for a bipartisan plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year.

Upon learning that almost 86,000 low-income seniors would be disqualified and another 27,000 would have their coverage reduced under the new state budget, Duff along with other lawmakers petitioned the Secretary of the State to call them back into special session in order to restore the funding for the program.

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 eligibly limits exceeded the federal minimum level. The budget adopted in October reduced the eligibility thresholds, consequently reducing or eliminating coverage for many of the program’s thousands of participants. The state’s Department of Social Services in December announced it would delay implementation of the eligibility reduction by two months. This gave concerned program participants a reprieve from an unexpected jump in their healthcare costs as lawmakers worked to find $53 million to fund the program through June.

Rep. Duff said, “I have spent my first year in office doing my best to keep Connecticut affordable for our state’s retirees. This is one program that helps seniors on fixed incomes stay in Connecticut. I am proud to stand in support the Medicare Savings Program.”

The MSP plan was approved in the House through a 130 to 3 vote. The Senate approved the legislation 32 to 1.

Among the methods used to restore program funding is a requirement that Gov. Malloy reduce the number of state managers and consultants—a provision included in the adopted budget ignored by the governor. Other components include moving human resources-related functions of some state agencies into the state’s Department of Administrative Services, and requiring the governor to find savings in Executive Branch functions while limiting his ability to cut more than 10 percent from any one program.

The 2018 legislative session starts February 7. State lawmakers will focus primarily on issues tied to the state budget.

Rep. Will Duff, Danbury Legislators to Host Pre-Session Update

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DANBURY- State Reps. Michael Ferguson (R-138), Will Duff (R-2), Stephen Harding (R-107) and State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) are inviting Danbury residents to a pre-session legislative update on the General Assembly session which begins on February 7th 

The pre-session legislative update will be held Monday, January 22nd 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Danbury City Hall located at 155 Deer Hill Avenue in Danbury.

 Please join the Danbury Legislative Delegation as they discuss the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session, ask any questions you have about potential legislation, or bring suggestions on how we can work together to make our state a better place to live. 

The legislators ask that any constituents with questions ahead of the event call Reps. Ferguson, Duff and Harding at their State Capitol offices at 1-800-842-1423 or email, Michael.Ferguson@housegop.ct.gov, William.Duff@housegop.ct.gov, Stephen.Harding@housegop.ct.gov. For Sen. McLachlan please email her at  Michael.McLachlan@cga.ct.gov or call 1-800-842-1421.

 

State Rep. Will Duff: Stop Electric Rate Hike

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The state has set a series of public hearings on Eversource Energy’s request for an average 9.82 % rate hike on electric bills starting in May.

The proposed rate increase would add $13.69 per month to electric bills for the typical residential customer.

That’s more than $150 a year!

Are you tired of rate hikes?

Join me in speaking out!

  • Send a brief email to Pura.ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov saying “NO” to rate hikes.
  • Copy me on the email at William.Duff@housegop.ct.gov.
  • Put ‘Docket No. 17-10-46’ in the subject line.
  • Share this information with fellow ratepayers.
  • Attend one of the hearings if you can.

Hearings are scheduled for:

  • January 24, 6 p.m., 10 Franklin Square, New Britain.
  • January 30, 6 p.m., Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford.
  • January 31, 6 p.m., Branford Fire Department, 45 N. Main St., Branford.
  • February 6, 6 p.m., Council Chambers, 181 State St., New London.

Eversource Application LOI (CLP Rate Case) 10.27.17 final

Thank you!

State Rep. Will Duff: DOT Hearing on Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing in Redding 

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Public Informational Meeting – Project No. 116-125 Proposed Realignment / Long Ridge Rd Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing in Redding 
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a Public Informational Meeting concerning the proposed realignment of the Long Ridge Road railroad-highway grade crossing on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (Snow Date:  January 23, 2018) in the Redding Town Hall, 100 Hill Road, Redding, Connecticut.  A formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The project is identified as State Project No. 116-125.  The purpose of this project is to reconstruct and realign Side Cut Road, Long Ridge Road, and Simpaug Turnpike in the vicinity of the Long Ridge Road railroad-highway grade crossing to better accommodate low clearance vehicles and to improve sight distances.  The proposed railroad crossing design will also address the localized flooding in vicinity of the crossing.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2019 based on the availability of funding.  The estimated construction cost for this project is approximately $2 million.  This project is anticipated to be undertaken with 90% Federal Funds and 10% State Funds.
The Public Informational Meeting is being held to afford a full opportunity for public participation and to allow open discussion of any views and comments the community may have concerning this proposed project.
The meeting facility is ADA accessible.  Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Office of Communications (Voice only) at (860) 594-3062 at least five working days prior to the meeting.  Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public, and efforts will be made to respond to requests for assistance.  
Plans of the proposed project will be on display for public review.  Department personnel will be available during the meeting to discuss this project.  More detailed information is available at the Department’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Mr. Mark F. Makuch at (860) 594-2722 or by e-mail at Mark.Makuch@ct.gov.
 
Inclement Weather Date: January 23, 2018
Location: Redding Town Hall, 100 Hill Road, Redding, Connecticut   7:00 PM
Contact: Mr. Mark F. Makuch, Principal Engineer of Traffic Engineering
Email: Mark.Makuch@ct.gov
Phone: (860) 594-2722

State Rep. Will Duff: January 1st New Laws

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Please note that this is provided as information, and inclusion in this message does not indicate my support or opposition to an individual measure.

As 2017 comes to an end, we prepare for a number of new laws to take effect starting January 1, 2018. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I therefore encourage you to take a look at the full list of laws that can be found by clicking here I have listed some of the more noteworthy legislation below.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these laws.

AN ACT PREVENTING PRESCRIPTION OPIOID DIVERSION AND ABUSE – Public Act No. 17-131 – requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduce the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven to five for minors and allow patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed.
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AN ACT CONCERNING WITHHOLDING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INCOME FOR CHILD SUPPORT – Public Act No. 17-27 – requires an employer promptly notify the dependent (i.e., spouse, former spouse, or child owed the support) or judicial branch’s Support Enforcement Services, as directed if an employee whose income is withheld to enforce a child support order makes a workers’ compensation claim.

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A VETERAN FOR A CERTAIN HONOR AND CERTAIN BENEFIT – Public Act No. 17-83 – broadens the eligibility criteria for certain veterans’ benefits, allows additional people to receive a service ribbon and medal, be buried in a Connecticut veterans’ cemetery, or have veteran status indicated on their driver’s license or identity card.

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Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the new year in the State of Connecticut.

New legislation typically goes into effect on January 1st, July 1st, or October 1st in a calendar year, although a few laws go into effect immediately upon passage.