Sen. Kelly Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Restore Medicare Savings Program Funding

January 9, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. – State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement regarding the Connecticut General Assembly’s successful passage of a bipartisan bill that restores funding for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). Eligibility levels for the MSP were adjusted in the bipartisan budget approved last year and lawmakers worked together to find funding to restore MSP in the state budget.

“Despite the governor’s attempts to disrupt our bipartisan efforts, the legislature worked together to negotiate a plan to restore this funding. Making this change means we can bring peace of mind to over 100,000 low-income elderly and disabled residents. We also showed that there is enough legislative support to override any attempted veto by Governor Malloy,” said Sen. Kelly. “I hope that as we near the start of the 2018 legislative session we can continue to work together to make the governor’s new economic reality an idea of the past.”

To restore the funding for the MSP, lawmakers adopted savings in the budget and made cuts to funding in other areas of government such as executive appointments, consultant fees, and duplicative human resource functions in state government.