Legislative Advocate Issues Urgent Appeal for Calls to Legislators

9/12/2017

Sept. 14 Update: It's not too late to call today!

Connecticut Conference Legislative Advocate Michele Mudrick is asking faith leaders in the Conference to call on their state representatives and senators, who are may be voting at any time on a state budget.

This is her appeal:

WHO: We need all CT faith leaders to contact their State Representative and State Senator by this Thursday, 9/14/17.
WHAT: Urge them to vote for a budget that protects HUSKY A parents ( with no eligibility reductions or cost-sharing) and SAGA ( State Administered General Assistance). This also means the budget needs to include increased REVENUE in order to protect these crucial Medicaid, basic need and other safety net services.
HOW: Find your state legislator's contact information here: https://openstates.org/ or go to www.cga.ct.gov and scroll down to “Find your Legislator”

Here is some information on HUSKY A:
The Governor’s proposal will cause 9,500 low-income parents to lose health coverage under Husky A. It is the assumption that these individuals would buy insurance on the state’s health insurance exchange ( Access Health CT or AHCT) but insurance plans are largely unaffordable for this low income group so most of these parents will not buy health insurance on the exchange. They will go uninsured and many of their children will go without medical care too.

Here is some information on SAGA:
SAGA cash assistance is a lifeline for CT’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. SAGA cash program is for those who cannot work, have no dependents, have no other source of income and have a documented temporary or long term physical or mental condition. Many SAGE recipients are homeless. There are about 7,000 people in CT who are currently getting SAGA cash benefits. To qualify for SAGA cash an applicant cannot have assets more than $250, with the value of one car up to $4,500 excluded. The maximum SAGA cash benefit is $219 a month if the recipient has housing costs and as little at $55 a month if they have no housing costs.

Please call your legislators today or tomorrow and ask them to not cut these vital services for the most vulnerable residents in CT.

Questions? Contact Michele Mudrick at michelem@ctucc.org.