Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s latest Budget Plan calls for funding cuts and drastic changes that are harmful to Connecticut seniors and family caregivers who help their loved ones remain at home as they age. Right now, state legislators are reviewing these harmful cuts in senior services. Please join our fight to help seniors live independently and support the family caregivers who make it possible for them to stay in their homes. Send an email to the Governor and your state legislators today!
AARP Connecticut released the statement below from State Advocacy Director Claudio Gualtieri, in response to Governor Malloy’s proposed State Budget cuts to the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE) and Alzheimer's Respite Program. The Governor has proposed more than doubling the current cost-share for clients of the CHCPE from 7% to 15%, and closing access to Level 1 of the program for new clients, as well as cutting funding by more than $500,000 for the Respite care Program:
Every day, more than 700,000 Connecticut residents perform a great labor of love, caring for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can stay at home—where they want to be—and out of costly institutions.
At a recent public hearing in Connecticut, AARP State Director, Nora Duncan testified in support of legislation (H.B. 5054) before the General Assembly's Public and Public Employees Committee, that aims to give a fair shake to unemployed job seekers, many of them age 50+, when applying for open jobs. Duncan was joined in submitting testimony by two AARP volunteers who provided first-hand knowledge of the barriers faced by older unemployed workers. H.B. 5054 would make it illegal for employers to list current employment as a requirement in job postings. AARP believes the bill is a good first step toward breaking down the barriers faced by older workers, who tend to suffer longer periods of unemployment, as they compete in today's tough job market. Read AARP's full testimony below. Read testimony submitted by CT resident and AARP volunteer, Carrie Greatheart, here. Read testimony presented by CT resident and AARP volunteer, Novlette Williams, here.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy held a press conference in New Britain, CT on January 27 where he announced new initiatives designed to help unemployed workers, particularly those over age 50, find a job. A highlight of his proposal was legislation "that will prohibit an employer or an employment agency from advertising a job opening stating that an individual must be currently employed for consideration for a position; or directing or requesting an employment agency to screen applicants based on employment status. Unfortunately, this practice has become all too prevalent in Connecticut and across the country, making it even more difficult for workers over age 50 - who tend to be out of work longer than younger job seekers - to find a job.
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