Connecticut lawmakers may head back to the state Capitol for yet another special session before the end of the year. The issue, once again, is the state budget.
At issue this time is the fact that up to 113,000 elderly and disabled state residents would lose all or part of their Medicare health coverage under the two-year budget that Connecticut lawmakers passed in October. Legislative leaders say to fix that more money has to be appropriated. Senate Democratic President Martin Looney says that has to be done before January 1st.
“I think on the Medicare savings part we have to act before January in order to avoid that problem taking effect,” Looney said. “So I think we have to do something before the end of the year at least on that point.”
Senate Republican President Len Fasano says staff from both parties will meet in the coming days to work out how to proceed.
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