Over 200 Ridgefield neighbors desperately need your help!

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Dear Ridgefield neighbors and colleagues,

I am emailing you to see if I can solicit your assistance on a very important issue.
I selected you specifically to receive this email because I identified you as someone who works with or may have an interest in helping seniors, veterans or people with disabilities in Ridgefield.
Your help is needed to contact our State legislators here in Ridgefield immediately!

Back at the end of October, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a budget that put into place some drastic cuts that are going to devastate some seniors here in Ridgefield and across the state.
Estimates suggest there will be over 200 seniors with low income here in Ridgefield who are going to have their state covered medical benefits either reduced dramatically or cut off entirely.
Across the state there are estimated more than 70,000 seniors & adults with disabilities who will be impacted.

Warning letters have already gone out from the state to current recipients, and scared seniors are calling and coming in to Social Services for advice.

The program that is being impacted is called the Medicare Savings Program (MSP).
It was designed to help seniors or those with disabilities with a low income (earning less than $29k) to access some extra help for medical and prescription coverage, keeping their costs low and manageable.
Many seniors here in town feel they can only afford to remain independent and in their homes because of this program.
The new budget cut the eligibility requirements in half for many already accessing this necessary program.
The expectation is that almost all of the 68k+ seniors in CT who receive this help will lose much of their assistance on January 1.
These seniors will be forced to make decisions about selling their homes, not going to see their doctors, not taking their medications, making decisions about whether to buy food or heat, or if they do need to be hospitalized, they may face huge bills. 

Here are some news pieces and information from the state website:
http://www.ct.gov/agingservices/cwp/view.asp?Q=599134&A=2513
http://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Thousands-of-seniors-disabled-and-low-income-12353201.php
https://ctmirror.org/2017/11/02/ct-budget-cuts-program-that-helps-low-income-and-disabled-medicare-patients/
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Medicare-cuts-to-impact-2-000-Stamford-residents-12357477.php

The time to act is NOW!

· Advocates should be encouraged to call their legislators and ask them to restore the MSP cut, talking about the harm done by this cut – the more specific the better – as well as the number of people affected and who these people are. Calls are best, but e-mails are fine for people not comfortable doing calls. Additionally, please share this information with your networks, so that people in your networks who are directly impacted by these cuts can make these calls to their legislators also.

· MSP beneficiaries should call their legislators to urge them to reverse these harmful cuts, and tell them about the impact this will have on their lives. I have attached some suggested talking points that have been put together by NAMI.

· COPY AND PASTE! Feel free to copy and paste snippets of the message above to use for your message.


Sen. Toni Boucher, http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/contact-boucher/
Rep. John Frey, http://www.cthousegop.com/frey/contact-me/
Rep. Michael Ferguson, http://www.cthousegop.com/ferguson/contact-me/

Or to find State Representative or State Senator information, please call: 860-240-0100
Or use this link https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp

Please take a few minutes to read this information, write or copy and paste a message and send it to your legislator.
Please share this with your contact list or social media contacts.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.

An advocate for the elder and those in need.



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