An additional $1 Billion boost in federal funding to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), allowing for more households to receive the benefit in the state, has been allocated as part of an emergency supplemental aid package recently approved by Congress.
The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) will implement new eligibility benefit levels in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beginning October 1, 2022, which will result in an estimated 44,000 additional Connecticut residents in 17,600 households becoming eligible for the food assistance program.
State Comptroller Natalie Braswell announced that her office will transfer $3.1 billion into the rainy-day fund. This move triggers a statutory mandate that requires a one-time, special payment of $2.8 billion to be made toward the state’s unfunded pension liabilities.
Good news! The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the State of Connecticut’s request to extend Medicaid (known in Connecticut as HUSKY) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for twelve months after pregnancy..
As of July 1, 2022 CoveredCT is now available to adults without children AND it now provides dental coverage and non-emergency medical transportation! Visit AccessHealthCT.com to see if you qualify for the Covered Connecticut Program.
While work at the federal level to step up the fight against climate change has been slow at best, here at the state level, House Democrats supported policies during the 2022 legislative session that will help cut our carbon footprint, promote environmental justice, and protect the health of Connecticut residents.
A year and half ago, several constituents told me that their cars or their catalytic converters had been stolen, so I began researching the issue. Apparently, even though they are found in trace amounts, the precious metals in catalytic converters - platinum, rhodium, and palladium - can command stratospheric prices. One Russian oligarch even named his yacht 'Palladium.'