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Cathy Osten

Getting Results

Re-Funding the Medicare Savings Program

Responding to the wishes of all the senior citizens who called or e-mailed me, I voted this week to restore $54.5 million in state funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), a state-subsidized program that helps poor elderly and disabled residents pay for their monthly Medicare Part B premiums and save on their Medicare Part D prescription drug costs.

State officials estimated that as many as 113,000 Connecticut residents could have been impacted by the MSP cuts that were included in the bipartisan budget which passed the General Assembly late last year.

MSP Restored

The legislation we passed secures the MSP funding through June 30.

In 2010, the Connecticut legislature vastly expanded access to the MSP, and we now have perhaps the most generous MSP plan in America. Connecticut's monthly income limits for the program are about twice the national average, and Connecticut imposes no asset test on MSP recipients, unlike most other states.

I am proud to support our seniors and provide them with increased financial security to help them remain in their homes and continue to support the local economy.

Make Time to Give Blood!

The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood donations following severe winter weather.

January is already National Blood Donor Month, but now there's another reason to donate: snow storms and frigid temperatures have had a tremendous impact on blood donations here in Connecticut and across the country. More than 150 blood drives have been cancelled so far this year, causing more than 5,500 donations to go uncollected. The active cold and flu season has also led to a drop of 28,000 more donations than what was needed in November and December.

The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide; The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply.

You can make a donation by visiting, or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Red Cross Blood Donations