North Haven – On Friday, January 26, 2018, Rep. Yaccarino and Sen. Fasano held a Senior Update at the North Haven Senior Center, located at 189 Pool Rd., in North Haven from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A large part of the discussion centered on the Medicare Savings Plan (MSP) and the legislature working in a bipartisan way to restore MSP after Gov. Dannel Malloy vetoed the bill earlier this month. The legislators vowed to keep residents informed and up-to-date as information unfolds at the Capitol with the 2018 legislative session commencing on February 7.
As of right now, the portion of MSP that helps pay for prescriptions is still funded until December of 2018. As far as the Medicare premium and cost shares, that portion will be paid for until June of 2018. The legislators also stated that they hope to come back into special session to take up the MSP override by Wednesday, January 31, to take action and overturn the governor’s veto.
“Over 500 seniors and disabled individuals in North Haven survive off of a limited income and rely on help from the state for critical services,” said Rep. Yaccarino. “My colleagues and I worked diligently to call the legislature back in for a special session to restore funding to the Medicare Savings Program in Fiscal Year 2018, which seniors and individuals with disabilities depend on to help pay their medical bills. With a fiscal crisis looming over our heads, we need to consider how state government can do the most good for the most people.”
“I want to thank all the seniors and disabled individuals who shared their stories and experiences with state lawmakers over the past few months,” said Sen. Fasano. “It was those voices that moved the legislature to work together in a bipartisan manner to restore funding for the Medicare Savings Program without worsening this year’s budget deficit. It was a challenge, but one that the state needed to overcome to do what was right for the thousands of impacted elderly and disabled individuals. I am disappointed that the governor vetoed our bipartisan plan to restore this funding, but I am confident that with the public’s support the legislature will have the courage to stand up to governor Malloy and stand up for the many seniors who are counting on us to restore this funding again and bring them peace of mind. It was great to discuss this issue, as well as other important state issues, with so many at the North Haven Senior Center and I look forward to keeping in touch throughout the session.”
This meeting was an opportunity for residents to express any concerns they may have and to ask questions about specific pieces of legislation or issues that affect Connecticut seniors.
In a few weeks, the 2018 Legislative Session will be starting. On February 7th, the General Assembly begins the legislature’s “short session.” This three month session only allows bills related to budgetary, revenue and financial matters to be considered, bills on other subject matters may only be brought up by committees.
I encourage you to stay up to date with legislative activity by checking the following resources:
CT-N– follow committee meetings and House debates as they unfold live on Connecticut’s public affairs television network, CT-N, or by streaming the proceedings online here.
The CGA Website– the Connecticut General Assembly website provides a variety of resources including bill search and a daily calendar of events happening at the Capitol. To visit the website, click here.
Prior to the beginning of session, the state’s non-partisan Office of Legislative Research (OLR) issued their annual report on important issues the General Assembly may face during the 2018 session. To view the report, click here.
I will also send updates and information throughout the legislative session so stay tuned. I am here in Hartford to represent your voice and the interests of our community.
I hope this information is helpful; I look forward to hearing from you.
Abraham Lincoln once said: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” These words could not be truer – even today. I believe that government must remain united in order to operate efficiently, and this becomes even more important during times of turmoil. It is no doubt that divided we will fall, which I always keep in mind while working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the state legislature. The same goes for our country, united we will prosper, but divided we will not stand a chance.
The third Monday in January, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, reminds us all to conduct ourselves with kindness, understanding, dignity and respect. As we honor the 32nd annual observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we must keep the dream that Dr. King spent his lifetime promoting alive –all individuals are equal regardless of their background or ethnicity. We must always choose to courageously stand up as Americans, united rather than divided. We are all equal; we are all humans and we are all citizens of the United States of America.
As public servants, it becomes even more important to never lose sight of respecting every individual uniquely, and doing the most good for the most people. As State Representative of the people of North Haven, I look forward to being your continued voice in Hartford and representing your views during the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session, which begins on February 7.
It is my hope that as the United States of America, as citizens of Connecticut, and as residents of North Haven, we remember to maintain civility even during times of turmoil and focus on what unites us. We must listen to each other and be respectful of our differences. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: “we may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”