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Ridgefield state lawmakers discuss issues impacting seniors

More than 70 residents attended a meeting this week of Ridgefield's Committee on Aging.  State Representative John Frey discussed his hopes for restoring funding for approximately 113,000 elderly and disabled people who would lose all or part of their health coverage as a result of cuts to the Medicare Savings Program.  The two-year budget adopted by the General Assembly reduces the income eligibility limits for all categories of participants in the program, in many cases by as much as 50%.  To explain why cuts to the program were included, Frey pointed to what he called the devastating impact on the budget of the union contract approved in July that locked in expensive state union benefits for ten years. 

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