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Lawmakers have harsh words for Malloy’s proposals to reduce safety net funding

Budget director Benjamin Barnes testifies before the Appropriations Committee. (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Budget director Benjamin Barnes testifies before the Appropriations Committee. (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Democratic lawmakers expressed their frustration Thursday with the proposed cuts to health care services for the elderly and the poor made this week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration.

“As the House chairman of the Human Services Committee, all I can say is, wow. We are devastated by some of the cuts in this budget,” Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, D-Meriden, told Malloy’s budget director, Benjamin Barnes.

The Department of Social Services alone will see a cuts in programs and services totaling $166.3 million in 2016 and $238.4 million in 2017. Those cuts include the elimination of health insurance for more than 34,000 parents on the Husky program. Malloy’s budget assumes that these adults will be able to purchase private coverage on Connecticut’s insurance exchange, but advocates say the coverage is still unaffordable.

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2 responses to “Lawmakers have harsh words for Malloy’s proposals to reduce safety net funding”

  1. piberman

    Yet these aggrieved Legislators have no problem with CT’s notorious “hospital tax”. Sen. Duff’s theme “standing up for you” comes to mind.
    What say Sen. Duff on these proposals ?

  2. We Deserve Better

    What say Rep. Lavielle on these proposals?

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