People on Connecticut’s Medicare Savings Program, mostly senior citizens and the disabled, are putting heat on state lawmakers for changing the income limits on the program, which could force many of them to pay for most or all of their health insurance. Nearly 113,000 would be effected. The state sent out letters to the participants this week, leading to a backlash of criticism. The cuts were part of the bipartisan budget passed last month.
On Wednesday, legislative leaders acknowledged a special session may need to be called before Jan. 1 to restore the funding, otherwise the cuts would occur on that date.
“We’ve all recognized that we should look at the issue and something should be done,” Senate Republican President Len Fasano, R-North Haven.
One caller to CT On The Hill’s radio program said he would be forced to move out of his apartment, while another caller stated her mother would have to sell her home, if they are forced to pay for their health insurance.