Sen. Witkos Votes to Override Governor’s Veto to Restore Funding for Elderly and Disabled

January 31, 2018

Today the General Assembly, in a bipartisan vote, successfully overrode Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of a bill that will restore funding for the Medicare Savings Program.

In voting to override the governor’s veto, Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) and fellow state lawmakers are now able to restore funding for the current fiscal year to over 100,000 seniors and disabled individuals. The Medicare Savings Program uses Medicaid money to help individuals pay for medical expenses that Medicare does not cover, such as co-pays and premiums.

“Gov. Malloy was wrong to veto the legislature’s bipartisan bill that restores this vital funding for thousands of seniors and disabled individuals without worsening this year’s deficit,” said Sen. Witkos. “Today we saw the legislature come together to stand up to Gov. Malloy. I applaud the efforts of all lawmakers for having the courage to do what was right. I hope this courage persists throughout the legislative session as the General Assembly looks to overcome many more challenges on the horizon.”