Sen. Chapin, Rep. Case updates Winsted seniors on legislative issues

August 22, 2014

WINSTED – State Sen Clark Chapin (R-30) and State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) on Tuesday discussed ongoing issues facing seniors and the state’s aging population during a legislative update at the Winsted Senior Center.

The delegates reflected on the 2014 legislative session, including laws created this year affecting Connecticut’s senior population. The dialogue ranged from municipalities being recognized as “livable communities” and Alzheimer and dementia training to expanding coverage for over-the-counter drugs and “small house” nursing home programs.

“Seniors are facing an uphill battle in our state,” Rep. Case said. “The cost of living is increasing and their services are being cut in different ways. It’s important for me to get out here and listen to their concerns so I can continue being their voice in Hartford.”

The nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research assembled a report this year on new laws affecting senior citizens, pointing to much of what Sen. Chapin and Rep. Case highlighted during the debriefing. The forum allowed residents to ask the lawmakers questions and provide feedback to the work happening at the State Capitol.

“We accomplished a great deal this legislative session and advanced policies that protect and support seniors in Connecticut,” said Sen. Chapin. “But there is much more that still needs to be done to improve life in Connecticut for people of all ages. Discussing these needs with the community is an important part of the legislative process.”