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Larson to Host Forum on SS and Medicare


HARTFORD — Congressman John B. Larson will host a community forum on Social Security and Medicare on April 28 at the Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center.

These programs are a lifeline for millions of Americans, providing both income and health services that otherwise would be unavailable or unaffordable. Congressman Larson will discuss how we pay into Social Security and Medicare, and how Congressional action could impact these crucial programs.

Judith Stein of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, recently named to the Long-Term Care Commission for her knowledge and experience with beneficiaries, will also join the discussion. Those who attend will have an opportunity to ask questions throughout the forum. The event is free and open to the public.

Who:     Congressman John B. Larson

Judith Stein, Center for Medicare Advocacy

What:   Social Security and Medicare Community Forum
Where: Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center (Community Room) 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury CT 06033

When:  Sunday, April 28th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

 

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CT Social Services Cases Show Significant Increase


HARTFORD — Connecticut residents are increasingly turning to state government for help in meeting the basic needs of food, medical care and financial support, as the economic downturn continues, according to a report released by the Department of Social Services.

Nine key social services programs showed total enrollment of nearly 924,000 in November 2009 – up 18 percent in just one year, Commissioner Michael P. Starkowski said  in the release today.

While individuals are counted more than once if receiving multiple services, such as medical and food aid, the numbers still represent a “tremendous increase in safety net services for the public and a corresponding increase in casework,” Starkowski said.

Enrollment has increased significantly in Food Stamps, the HUSKY health care program for children and eligible parents and in State-Administered General Assistance, which helps single, unemployable people.

Individual program growth highlights include:

  • Over 295,600 Connecticut residents receiving federally-funded Food Stamp benefits in November 2009, up 32 percent in one year.
  • Over 445,700 individuals receiving Medicaid coverage in November 2009, up 7 percent in one year.  Medicaid accounts for over $4 billion of the over $5 billion annual social services appropriation.
  • For the first time in several years, more families with dependent children (including grandparents caring for grandchildren) eligible for Temporary Family Assistance, generally known as family cash welfare.  Connecticut’s TFA caseload plummeted from about 57,000 families in 1995 to under 18,500 in November 2008, but has since risen to 19,689.

To track caseload growth, DSS listed client participation across nine selected entitlement programs – Temporary Family Assistance; Medicaid (including HUSKY Part A); state-funded medical assistance; CT AIDS Drug Assistance Program; State-Administered General Assistance (SAGA) cash assistance; SAGA medical assistance; Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps); and the Charter Oak Health Plan.

The enrollment numbers showed one-year increases ranging from 5.3 percent in State-Administered General Assistance cash aid to 42 percent in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program, which helps low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities afford the cost of Medicare premiums, the report said.

CT Department of Social Services Entitlement caseload growth:

November 2004 to November 2009, points in time

Program Recipients served,

November 2004

Recipients

served, November

2006

Recipients served,

November

2008

Recipients

served, November 2009

Pct. Inc., last 5 years Pct. Inc., last 3 years Pct. Inc., past year
Temporary Family Assistance 48,964 in 22,292 households 41,851 in 19,574 households 39,189 in 18,492 households 42,469 in 19,689 households

-13%

1.5%

8.4%

Medicaid (including family, aged/blind/disabled, long-term care)

335,460

377,566

417,832

445,773

33%

18%

6.7%

State-funded Medical, including DCF, CT Home Care Program 5,471 4,182 5,179 5,475

31%

5.7%

CT AIDS Drug Assistance Program 1,543 1,717 1,852 1,992 29% 16% 7.6%
State-Administered General Assistance/Medical

29,142

31,410

36,545

43,500

49%

38.5%

19%

State-Administered General Assistance/Cash

4,051

4,200

4,671

4,918

21%

17%

5.3%

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program

46,636

47,593

50,660

71,868

54%

51%

42%

Food Stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

187,704

196,039

224,138

295,677

58%

51%

32%

Charter Oak

Health Plan

Not applicable Not applicable 2,687 12,314 358%
TOTAL

658,971 704,558 782,753 923,986 40% 31% 18%

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