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Foodshare Mobile Coming to Glastonbury & Manchester

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I would like to let eligible families know that a Foodshare Mobile Truck will be visiting the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury on Wednesday, January 17th, and Squire Village in Manchester on Tuesday, January 23rd, to provide supplies to individuals of low income.

 

Foodshare uses trucks to bring perishable foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, and bread directly to people in need. There are dozens of sites it visits throughout Hartford and Tolland county to get nutrition to more people faster.

 

If you have any questions please call Foodshare at 860-286-9999.

 

Glastonbury

The truck will return every other Wednesday at the same time throughout 2018.

When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Where: First Church of Christ, 2183 Main Street, Glastonbury

 

Manchester

The truck will return every other Tuesday at the same time throughout 2018.

When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Where: Squire Village, 48 Spencer Street, Manchester (Use Imperial Drive Access)

 

Please bring your own bag or box!

Rep. Tweedie to Hold Coffee Hours in Glastonbury and Manchester

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HARTFORDState Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) invites constituents to meet with him on three separate occasions to discuss the status of the state budget and important legislation for the 2018 Regular Session over a cup of coffee. Rep. Tweedie is also happy to answer any questions or concerns constituents may have related to state government.

MANCHESTER

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Pastrami on Wry, 291 East Center Street

GLASTONBURY

WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Berkins Blend Café, 1003 Hebron Avenue

WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2018 (rescheduled from February 3rd) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Panera Bread, 2450 Main Street

These events are free and open to the public. If constituents are unable to attend but would still like to connect with Rep. Tweedie, please do not hesitate to contact him at Mark.Tweedie@housegop.ct.gov or (800) 842-1423. In the event that the meeting must be postponed, a notice will be posted on Rep. Tweedie’s website at www.reptweedie.com and on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/reptweedie. Constituents can also sign up for e-mail notifications on his website.

Rep. Tweedie Votes to Reverse Cuts to Medicare Program

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HARTFORDState Representative Mark Tweedie (R-13) on Monday voted on a plan that would provide funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) through the end of the fiscal year.

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 federal minimum level. Legislators in adopting the budget in October reduced the eligibility to the federal minimum, 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, giving 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.

“Connecticut’s perpetual fiscal crisis has made every aspect of running this state increasingly difficult,” Rep. Tweedie said. “I am relieved that we reached a bipartisan solution yesterday to restore vital funding through July for nearly 2,000 citizens that rely on the Medicare Savings Program in Manchester and Glastonbury. Yet as we begin to work on settling a harrowing deficit for 2018, we must find a long-term solution by the end of this legislative session to support our elderly and disabled individuals, and not balance our debts on their backs.”

The MSP plan was approved in the House by a vote of 130 to 3. Among the methods used to restore program funding is a requirement that Gov. Malloy reduce the number of 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 Senate approved the plan 32 to 1 in a vote later in the day.

The 2018 legislative session—a so-called short session—starts Feb. 7 and will see lawmakers focus primarily on issues tied to budgetary issues.

New Laws Effective January 1st

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New legislation typically goes into effect on January 1st, July 1st, or October 1st in a calendar year. Thus, with the start of 2018 comes a number of new laws that will take effect tomorrow, January 1st. These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. The full list of laws can be found by clicking here, though I have listed some noteworthy pieces of legislation below. Please note that providing this information does not indicate my support or opposition to any individual law.

Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse
Public Act 17-131
Requires prescriptions be transcribed electronically to safeguard against over prescribing, reduce the maximum number of days for a prescription from seven days to five days for minors, and allow patients to request drugs other than opioids be prescribed.

Enforcing Child Support Payments
Public Act 17-27
Requires an employer to 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.

Ensuring Honors and Benefits for Veterans
Public Act 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.

Allowing Health Insurance Coverage for Fertility Preservation for Insureds Diagnosed with Cancer
Public Act 17-55
Expands the range of people eligible for infertility coverage under certain individual and group health insurance policies. By law, these policies must cover the medically necessary costs of diagnosing and treating infertility. It covers, for example, (1) basic hospital expenses; (2) basic medical-surgical expenses; (3) major medical expenses; or (4) hospital or medical services, including those provided under an HMO plan.

Reducing Student Costs
Public Act 17-130
Allows the Office of Higher Education, University of Connecticut, the Connecticut State University System, the regional community-technical college system, and Charter Oak State College to each establish guidelines encouraging the state’s public higher education institutions to implement programs that reduce students’ textbook and educational resource costs.

Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the new year in the State of Connecticut. I also encourage you to contact me with any questions or clarifications regarding the implementation of these acts.

Sending my warmest wishes for a happy and prosperous new year! The 2018 Legislative Session will begin on February 7, 2018.

Open Caption Movie Showings This Weekend

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I would like to share with you some exciting information that I recently received from Daniel Pinnell, Executive Director of We the Deaf People, an independent civil-rights advocacy group.

 

The Connecticut Open Captions Chapter of the National Open Captions Network (NOCN) – who supports We the Deaf People of Connecticut and Deaf People United of Connecticut is working hard to bring open captioning back to our local movie theaters in Connecticut. Their mission is to allow the Deaf and Hard of hearing to watch a movie without having to deal with closed caption decoding glasses or any other devices.

 

Here are their upcoming open caption viewings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for this weekend:

 

Friday, December 29th

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. at the Regal Stonington 10

85 Voluntown Road, Pawcatuck, CT

 

Saturday, December 30th

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

10:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. at the Bow Tie Cinemas Palace 17

330 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Cinepolis West Hartford

42 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

 

Sunday, December 31st

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

10:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. at the Bow Tie Cinemas Palace 17

330 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. at the Cinepolis West Hartford

42 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

 

Monday, January 1st

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

3:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. at the Cinepolis West Hartford

42 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT

 

To recommend the presentation of a movie, vote on a movie, or check the Open Captions movie schedule, please visit the Connecticut Open Captions Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/groups/connecticutoc. you may also contact the chapter at nocn@wtdp.org.

 

Please pass this information along to anyone who may benefit. Thank you!