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STATE SENATOR

Gayle Slossberg

Always On Your Side

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 announce 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.

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In the meantime, I am working with my colleagues in the legislature 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.

If you are concerned about your Medicare status, there are things you can do today. Call 2-1-1 to speak to a trained professional about what options may be best for you. Alternatively, 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. Finally, consider visiting the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, located on 1 Long Wharf Drive, Suite 1L in New Haven. You can also call them at 203-785-8873.