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Terry Gerratana

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Contact: Dan Doyle

February 29, 2012

Gerratana Patches Gap in Eligibility for Medicare Program

Emergency certified bill will prevent 4,100 seniors and disabled people from losing Medicare cost-sharing assistance

State Senator Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain), who is Senate Chairman of the Public Health Committee, announced today that the state Senate has granted unanimous passage to emergency-certified legislation that will prevent approximately 4,100 people from losing eligibility for assistance paying their Medicare cost-sharing expenses on March 1st.

“We had to act, or more than 4,000 Connecticut residents would lose financial assistance to help cover some health care costs,” Sen. Gerratana said. “Every member of the General Assembly recognized how important this fix was to our citizens in need.”

The State of Connecticut offers financial assistance to eligible Medicare enrollees through the Medicare Savings Program, which helps lower-income individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part A (hospital/nursing home/home health coverage) and Medicare Part B (coverage for doctor’s visits) pay for their Medicare cost-sharing, including Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles and co-insurance. This group includes many senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Today’s bill adjusts the income eligibility limit for the Medicare Savings Program in anticipation of a 3.6 percent Social Security cost of living adjustment. Without today’s action, approximately 4,100 people would lose assistance with their Medicare deductibles and co-pays on Medicare-covered services from March 1st until October 1st.



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