The time is now to speak up for our low-income neighbors whose health care is at risk. With less than two weeks left to the state legislative session, time is running out to get in touch with legislators about health care concerns.
This post not only urges you to get in touch with your state legislators about drastic cuts to Medicaid, it also includes below, graphics that you can share via social media — which are also available in the coming days on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — as well as links to other resources to share with your networks.
MEDICAID RESTORATION ALERT
Now that we have seen both the Democratic and Republican budgets, we know that the Democratic budget (announced April 20, 2018) only partially fixes last year’s cuts to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), while the Republican budget (announced May 2, 2018) restores everyone on MSP — BUT neither mention HUSKY A parents at all.
The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) assists low-income seniors and people with disabilities with the cost of their Medicare Part B premiums and unaffordable Medicare cost-sharing requirements. HUSKY A provides health insurance for low-income parents and caregivers, the vast majority of whom are working.
The state budget passed last October severely cut eligibility for both of these programs:
- Significantly cut MSP eligibility, leaving about 113,000 persons with no or very limited assistance — which go into effect July 1, 2018
- Cut over 13,000 parents off of HUSKY A by changing income eligibility rules — which means most of these parents will lose coverage on January 1, 2019
The legislative session ends May 9th. Without immediate action, we will see no full restoration of MSP, and no restoration of the HUSKY A cut at all.
THREE ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:
- Contact your two state legislators — your State Representative and State Senator — who represent you in Hartford — and tell them to fully restore MSP & HUSKY A parents
- Share this alert with friends, family, colleagues, and on social media
- Share the graphics below on social media
Here’s how you can reach your state representative:
- Click here to Find Your State Representative and State Senator
- You can click on your state legislators’ names to get to their webpage, which has their contact info
Images to Share on Social Media
Graphics you can share on social media (Suggestion: Share the image with a link to this blog!)
The 20 towns with the highest number of low-income working parents losing coverage under recent HUSKY A cuts
Towns: Bridgeport | Bristol | Danbury | East Hartford | Hamden | Hartford | Manchester | Meriden | Middletown | Nagautuck | New Britain | New Haven | New London | Norwalk | Norwich | Stamford | Stratford | Torrington | Waterbury | West Haven
For towns not listed here you can check out this map from CT Voices for Children: https://tinyurl.com/HUSKYA18
Rather just check out a fact sheet? Here’s one, also from CT Voices, with all the towns listed: HUSKY A for Parents & Caregivers: Restoring Health Coverage for Families