Lowering Your Prescription Drug Costs

September 22, 2023

We are doing all we can to help make Connecticut more affordable. Our state is about to take a transformative step toward lowering prices on prescription drugs for everyone. Please read below to see how you can get a discount on your medication. 
Below you will find the following sections and topics in this week's email:
  • Lowering Your Prescription Drug Costs
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • New Entry Age for Kindergarten
  • In The News
  • Support for Women-Owned Businesses
  • Derby Events Calendar
  • Upcoming Events in Hamden
  • Orange Events and Community Calendar
  • Woodbridge Events and Community Calendar
Lowering Your Prescription Drug Costs

On October 2, all Connecticut residents will be eligible to sign up for ArrayRx, a prescription drug discount card program that provides up to 80% off certain prescriptions at nearly all pharmacies in the state.

You need a valid physical Connecticut address and an email address to enroll. A digital card will be provided after registering.

The program is part of Public Act 23-171, An Act Protecting Patients and Prohibiting Unnecessary Health Care Costs, which I proudly supported.

I highly encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity. Residents should never have to worry about accessing the lifesaving care they need, and this free program is a massive leap forward. I'm thrilled ArrayRx is coming to Connecticut, and I will continue the fight to lower healthcare costs for all.
Learn about the ArrayRx
Hispanic Heritage Month
I want to wish everyone a Happy Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. Join me all month long in celebrating the rich culture and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans in our district and the rest of the state.

I am excited to share the 16th Annual Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest is underway. This year, middle and high school students in Orange and Woodbridge (grades 6-12) will be writing about how they connect with Hispanic culture. Prizes include a $3,000 scholarship and iPads!

Organizers will continue accepting essay submissions through October 31. The winners will be announced in late November.

Click Here For More Information Including the Official Rules
New Entry Age for Kindergarten
Beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, children need to turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2024, to be automatically eligible for kindergarten. This is a change from the current kindergarten cutoff date of January 1.
If your child does not meet the new entry cutoff date, they may still be admitted into kindergarten upon:
  • a written request from the parent or guardian AND
  • an assessment completed by the school that determines admitting the child to kindergarten would be developmentally appropriate

State Department of Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker and her staff are currently working on guidance for this process. I will provide more information once it becomes available.

In The News
Milford Orange Times: "Fred Wolfe Playground Opened To Public"
Support For Women-Owned Businesses

Time is running out to apply for the next round of the Women's Business Development Council’s (WBDC) Equity Match Grant Program. The deadline is Wednesday, September 27.

The program offers grants of up to $10,000 to women-owned businesses in Connecticut who have been in business for two or more years and have revenues between $25k and $2 million.

Since the start of the program, WBDC has distributed 216 grants of over $2 million to women-owned businesses in Connecticut.
Click Here To Learn More About the Program
Derby Events Calendar
Check out the events below to see what's going on in Derby, and click the button at the bottom of this section to access the community calendar.
Derby Community Calendar
Upcoming Events in Hamden
Take a look at the fliers below and click on the button to learn about upcoming events in Hamden:
More Hamden Events
Orange Events and Community Calendar
Check out the upcoming events in Orange, and please click the button below to access the community calendar.
Concert: Sea Chanteys with Littlefield and Morneault
A duo of folk music presenting ballads, the sea, and songs of historical interest.

Saturday, September 23, 2023
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Case Memorial Library

CLICK HERE to register!
Orange Community Calendar
Woodbridge Events and Community Calendar
Check out the events below and click the button under that to access the community calendar.
Come celebrate Woodbridge Recreation Department 41st Annual Road Race and Fun Run. The 5k Road Race will be held on September 30 at 10:30 A.M. at 10 Newton Road.
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at recreation@woodbridgect.org.
Click Here To Register
The Town of Woodbridge Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites the public to attend the 3rd Annual Woodbridge Like Me Day. The free community event features live performances, local organizations, music, food trucks, and more and is a celebration of our vibrant and diverse Woodbridge community.
Woodbridge Community Calendar