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Letter to the Editor: Republicans’ budget will help Connecticut seniors



Recently I read a heartfelt letter to the editor from Frances Stratton of West Haven specifically about the complete disregard of our seniors in Connecticut. I completely agree. During my tenure in the state Senate I have witnessed continued ambivalence to the needs of our seniors and their caregivers.

In Connecticut, seniors make up roughly 14 percent of the state’s population and by 2032 the senior population is projected to balloon by nearly 69 percent. The needs of an ever growing population in Connecticut should not be ignored. We must instead pursue cost-effective ways to address our aging population and provide options for them to live at home — which is actually less expensive for the state.

Due to the lack of action on behalf of the Democratic Speaker of the House, Connecticut is currently operating under the governor’s Executive Order. This order is deeply hurting our seniors with a $75 million cut to Medicaid provider rates, the state-funded Connecticut Home Care Program has suspended all applications for intake and there is a 25 percent reduction in funding for respite care for Alzheimer’s patients.

The Senate Republican Budget, which has been ready to be voted on for months, rejects cuts to the CT Home Care Program, restores the personal needs allowance, restores Meals on Wheels funding and provides for retiree tax breaks.

Our seniors cannot wait any longer for action. Call your legislators today and urge them to support the Senate Republican Budget proposal, a proposal that protects our seniors and gives them an opportunity to age at home and an opportunity to thrive — a budget that lays a foundation for a new direction for Connecticut.

— State Sen. Kevin Kelly, R-Stratford

Article source: http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20170724/letter-to-the-editor-republicans-budget-will-help-connecticut-seniors

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