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STATE SENATOR

Doug McCrory

Lifting as We Climb

Medicare Savings Plan Update

Many of you have contacted my office regarding changes to the eligibility requirements to the Medicare Savings Program. Thanks to your advocacy, I’m happy to say that the Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced its intention to delay the implementation of eligibility reductions to the program past January 1, 2018. This means that eligibility requirements will not change on January 1, as was previously announced. DSS plans to explore alternatives that could provide coverage to people who will not meet the new eligibility requirements. The agency expects that their study of the issue will take at least two months.

In the meantime, I am working to find solutions to ensure that state residents are not left without necessary healthcare as a result of the changes made to the income eligibility requirements in the bipartisan budget. No final decisions have been made yet, but I will continue to update you on our work as the discussions progress.

Medicare
 

If you are concerned about your Medicare status, you can call 2-1-1 to speak to a trained professional about what options may be best for you, or you can call CHOICES, an organization that provides Medicare coverage assistance to seniors and persons with disabilities. CHOICES can be reached at 1-800-944-9422.

Renters’ One Step Closer to Receiving Rebate Checks

Older and disabled renters are one step closer to receiving their state rebate checks after the state recently fixed a technical issue with the Connecticut Renters’ Rebate Program.

The Connecticut Renters’ Rebate Program provides rebates to older adult or totally disabled renters whose incomes don’t exceed certain limits. The biennial state budget sets aside $12.685 million in 2018 and $13.666 million in 2019 for the program, which has traditionally been managed through the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM) in the executive branch.

Qualified individuals can apply to their local assessors once a year between April 1 and October 1 for state reimbursement for rental payments that they made in the preceding calendar year. Persons renting an apartment or room, or living in cooperative housing or a mobile home, may be eligible for this program.

Renters’ rebates can annually be up to $900 for married couples and up to $700 for a single person. The rebate amount is based on a graduated income scale and the amount of rent and utility payments (excluding telephone) made in the year prior to the calendar year in which the renter applies.

Renters’ rebate recipients are generally 65 years old or older, or 18 years old and permanently and totally disabled; they must also meet a one year state residency requirement.