Lawmakers pushing ahead with plans for Medicare program fix

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers expect to push ahead with restoring funding for a program that helps seniors pay for Medicare expenses, despite a last-minute decision by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to further delay the planned eligibility cuts.

Democratic House and Senate staff say they appreciate Malloy’s action but still expect to vote Friday on their proposal to restore the $54 million, which lawmakers had originally cut in the two-year, bipartisan $41.3 billion state budget.

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Adam Joseph, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats, says lawmakers “want to provide peace of mind to the seniors enrolled in the program.”

Malloy has urged the General Assembly to also address the growing deficit in the current fiscal year budget, which is now estimated to be $224 million, fearing the Medicare program fix will worsen the problem.

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