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COVID-19 Vaccine Information


Everyone in Connecticut ages 16+ is now eligible to receive a Covid-19 Vaccine. Click here for more information about how to schedule yours.




Info for CT on COVID-19

Stay Informed About COVID-19


For the latest information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents should visit ct.gov/coronavirus. This poster on COVID-19 provides information and resources to stay safe.




Democrats Delivering During a Crisis

COVID-19 has infected thousands, caused untold loss, and fundamentally changed daily life. Democrats are delivering real results to protect the public’s health and help people recover economically, physically, and mentally.

DEMOCRATIC FEDERAL SUPPORT

  • $1,400 stimulus check per person*
  • $300 a month for families per child five and younger and $250 for all other children starting in July*
  • Expanded unemployment aid of $300 a week through Sept. 6
  • $2.6 billion in aid for Connecticut state government
  • $1.6 billion in aid for local Connecticut towns and education
  • Lower payments and expanded access to Obamacare

DEMOCRATIC STATE SUPPORT

  • Paid Family and Medical Leave starting January 2022
  • Increasing minimum wage to $12/hour and $15/hour by June 2023
  • More state education funding for towns
  • Telehealth support during COVID-19
  • Top five vaccine distribution in the country

*Eligible individuals are single filers with an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or below, heads of household at $112,500 or below, and married couples at $150,000 or below. For single filers, the checks decrease to zero at $80,000, $120,000 for heads of household, and $160,000 for joint filers

Opening Day 2021

Needleman Announces New Laws That Protect Women and Enhance Healthcare Benefits

Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) issued the first in a series of legislation updates designed to inform District 33 residents of new laws addressing important issues.

In announcing the update, Needleman said: “On January 1, new laws took effect that impact issues like increased health insurance coverage, protections for victims of domestic violence, and pay equity for women. Every citizen of our district should be informed of the important benefits and protections these new laws offer.”

Below is a brief summary of the new legislation.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Public Act 18-5 requires a police officer, when responding to a family violence complaint, to arrest the person the officer determines to be the ’dominant aggressor’ (defined as the person who poses the most serious, ongoing threat.) This new law will help address a problem in Connecticut where police arrest both the victim and the abuser in a domestic violence situation 20 percent of the time. That arrest rate is three times the national average.

Pay Equity

Public Act 18-8 generally prohibits an employer from asking about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history. Women in America earn 48 cents to 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. This wage disparity is partly due to decades of sexism and unconscious gender bias that depresses women’s starting salaries, affecting their salary history when they change jobs. The intent of this new law is to insure that every individual is offered a fair and equitable wage for the job they are seeking.

Writing Obamacare Protections into Connecticut Law

Public Act 18-10 requires that—even if the federal Affordable Care Act (also known as ‘Obamacare') is repealed—certain health insurance policies offered for sale to residents of Connecticut must cover at least 10 essential health benefits, including:

  • Ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and newborn health care
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative services and devices
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

Coverage of Breast Imaging Services

Public Act 18-159 requires insurance companies in Connecticut to cover costs for a variety of mammograms, breast ultrasounds and breast imaging MRI’s with no cost share to the patient. Previously, some baseline mammograms were covered by insurance, but if an additional, follow-up procedure was needed, patients could be billed for hundreds of dollars. This new law helps save patients money while providing them with the vital medical services they need.

Needleman ended the update by saying: “This is the first of what will be a series of communications on new legislation and the impact it has on the daily lives of everyone in our district. I promised to make sense of what is happening in Hartford . . . keeping everyone informed on progress in addressing important issues is the first step.”

Supporting Our Community

CT Food Banks

Donate to a Local Food Bank

Donations of food through community food drives, from farmers and from the food industry are vital to helping the Connecticut Food Bank provide enough food to provide more than 18 million meals annually to hungry Connecticut residents.

Home Heating Assistance

Home Heating Assistance

Operation Fuel partners with local government and community-based organizations at more than 100 sites throughout Connecticut to ensure that families in need have access to year-round energy assistance.

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