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Legislative Acts Affecting Seniors

A brief introduction to legislative acts affecting seniors.

Lawmakers during the 2012 legislative session passed several proposals that impact senior citizens. The state’s Office of Legislative Research has prepared a summary of each of them, and you can view that document on my Web site. Here are examples of bills signed into law by the governor:
 
Elderly Rental Rebate Program
This new law, effective Oct. 1, extends from four to six months the period for submitting applications under the rental rebate program for elderly and totally disabled people. Previous state law required renters to apply from May 15 through Sept. 15 each year for a rebate for the previous year. Under the new law, the application period will run April 1 through Oct. 1.

Long-Term Care: Aging in Place
The state legislature has created a 16-member task force to study how Connecticut can encourage “aging in place”—in other words, letting folks stay in their own homes and receive the support services they need. Among the subjects up for review are: zoning changes to facilitate home care, enhanced nutrition programs and delivery options, expansion of home medical care options, and tax and private insurance incentives. The task force must report its findings back to the legislature by Jan. 1, 2013.

Financial Stability of Long-Term Care Facilities
Under a new law effective Oct. 1, nursing home and residential care facilities must notify prospective and current residents if they file for bankruptcy or are placed in receivership. The new law also requires assisted living facilities to provide the same notice if they file for bankruptcy.

To view additional summaries, visit www.repthemis.com. And, of course, feel free to contact me at 800-842-1423 or themis.klarides@housegop.ct.gov with questions.

 

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