Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 6651

January Session, 2005

 

LCO No. 3259

 

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Referred to Committee on Select Committee on Aging

 

Introduced by:

 

(AGE)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING SPEND DOWN ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CONNPACE PROGRAM.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 17b-492 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2005):

(a) Eligibility for participation in the program shall be limited to any resident (1) who is sixty-five years of age or older or who is disabled, (2) whose annual income, if unmarried, is less than twenty thousand eight hundred dollars, or whose annual income, if married, when combined with that of the resident's spouse is less than twenty-eight thousand one hundred dollars, (3) who is not insured under a policy which provides full or partial coverage for prescription drugs, except for a Medicare prescription drug discount card endorsed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with Public Law 108-173, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, once a deductible amount is met, and (4) on and after September 15, 1991, who pays an annual thirty-dollar registration fee to the Department of Social Services. [Effective January 1, 2002, the commissioner shall commence accepting applications from individuals who will become eligible to participate in the program as of April 1, 2002. On January 1, 1998, and annually thereafter, the] The Commissioner of Social Services shall deduct from the income of any program applicant the verifiable out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses incurred by the applicant in the twelve-month period preceding the date of application. Such applicant shall make available for inspection by the commissioner, documentation that establishes to the satisfaction of the commissioner the claims of out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses incurred in the twelve-month period prior to the date of application. The commissioner shall increase the income limits established under this subsection over those of the previous fiscal year to reflect the annual inflation adjustment in Social Security income, if any. Each such adjustment shall be determined to the nearest one hundred dollars.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2005

17b-492(a)

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