Latest Update - Hartford Courant January 5, 2018
However, the bad news is that they are talking about fully funding the Medicare Savings Program until July 18, 2018 BUT no assurance of funding beyond that point.
In addition, the Medicaid eligibility cut passed by the legislature which removes 13,000 low income people from Husky A has not been proposed to be reversed.
To find out who your State Representative and Senator are call 860-240-0100.
About the Changes in MSP
Because of severe cuts in the state budget passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor in October 2017, over 100,000 CT residents are facing the loss of assistance in paying for medical costs.
Breakdown by town.
MSP has three levels of coverage. The current monthly income guidelines for QMB are $2,120 for an individual, $2,854 for a couple - new guidelines as of January 1 are $1,025/$1,374. MSP Income Guidelines
If you lose MSP, your Medicare Part B monthly premium,which is is currently $134, will be deducted directly from your Social Security benefits. QMB recipients (over 90% of MSP recipients) will also have additional costs in relation to copays and deductibles for Medicare Part A hospital and Part B medical covered services.
From the State of Connecticut:
Beginning January 1, 2018, the income eligibility levels for the Medicare Savings Program (MSP), that is administered by the State of CT Department of Social Services (DSS), will decrease to match the federal income limits. This change is due to CT State budget legislation (Public Act 17-2, Section 50). Eligibility for MSP is based on income and not assets.
MSP has three levels of coverage: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) and Additional Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (ALMB). The State pays the Medicare Part B premium for all levels of the program. In addition, MSP recipients are automatically enrolled in the Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy program, which helps pay Medicare Part D prescription costs. QMB recipients receive additional assistance to help with cost sharing (premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance for Medicare A & B covered services).