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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

Posted on July 27, 2022


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The number one priority for the legislature this past session was to address the mental and behavioral needs of our students and children. Students are experiencing increased depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal ideation now more than ever before, while at the same time our school districts are facing a critical shortage of mental health professionals. Families continue to struggle to find critical mental health services for their children.

One important measure the legislature passed this session

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CT Summer at the Museum

Posted on July 27, 2022


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The popular “Connecticut Summer at the Museum” program has returned for the 2022 summer season, which enables Connecticut children to receive FREE ADMISSION at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

Originally established in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded by money Connecticut received from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan Act

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Hot Asphalt Awareness

Posted on July 20, 2022


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With hot temperatures here for the summer it’s important to be prepared, and that includes making sure your pets are safe, too.   The American Red Cross has the following tips on keeping pets safe, but essentially treat your pets the same as you treat yourself:

  • Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees even with the windows cracked open.
  • Limit exercise on hot days. Exercise in the early morning or evening hours.
  • Walk

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2022 Acts Affecting Available Now

Posted on July 15, 2022


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At the conclusion of each legislative session, the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research compiles reports on public acts organized by topics. These reports include various topics such as “Acts Affecting Seniors,” “Acts Affecting Education,” “Acts Affecting Business and Jobs,” and much more.

Follow the link below to access the full range of reports: https://www.cga.ct.gov/olr/actsaffecting.asp

Comment Period Open for Proposed Insurance Rate Increases

Posted on July 14, 2022


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The Connecticut Insurance Department is considering substantial proposed rate increases for individual and small group (for employers with 50 or fewer workers) insurance markets. The average of the proposed rate increases is 20% which is well above what I consider reasonable, especially with inflation and high prices already taking too much money out of your wallet.

Nine health insurance providers covering approximately 206,000 people have filed for increases. The filings are for both the state-sponsored

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New Laws Effective July 1st

Posted on June 30, 2022


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I wanted to make you aware of new policies affecting Connecticut taxpayers and businesses that take effect on July 1st, 2022.

This year, several important measures that may impact you, your family or your business become law, including:

New Online Application Available for Heating and Water Assistance, Deadline Extended for 2021-2022 Season

Posted on June 6, 2022


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New Online Application Available for Heating and Water Assistance, Deadline Extended for 2021-2022 Season

The state recently launched a new online application for heating and water assistance programs that help income-eligible Connecticut families pay their utility bills. Eligible residents can now apply for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) through a joint online application that is available at ct.gov/heatinghelp/apply.

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New Child Tax Rebate Available – Applications Being Accepted Now

Posted on June 1, 2022


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Beginning today, June 1st, Connecticut families can apply for a newly available child tax rebate. Qualified families can receive a one-time credit of $250 per child, up to $750.

The CT Department of Revenue Services is now accepting applications. In order to receive the credit, you must apply online.

To be eligible for this rebate you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must be a resident of Connecticut;
  • You must have claimed at least one child as a dependent on your 2021 federal income

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Recognizing Xeroderma Pigmentosum Awareness Day in CT!

Posted on May 19, 2022


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During an event at Town Hall Friday evening, Waterford’s Fatima Perez was recognized for her unwavering support and advocacy that was instrumental in making May 13th Xeroderma Pigmentosum Awareness Day in Connecticut.

Xeroderma Pigmentosum is a rare, inherited genetic disorder characterized by an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet rays of the sun. State Rep. McCarty introduced the original legislation during the 2021 session after being made aware of the disease by Ms. Perez.  Through her tireless

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Rep. McCarty to Host Post Session Office Hours – Thursday, May 26th 6-7:30 p.m.

Posted on May 10, 2022


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State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-38) announced she will be holding office hours to meet with constituents and answer their questions about state government and the recently ended legislative session.

“I look forward to meeting with my Waterford and Montville neighbors to talk about the important legislation we passed during the last session and listening to their ideas on how to make our state even better,” Rep. McCarty said.

Office Hours with State Rep. Kathleen McCarty

Thursday, May 26th

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