R. Bussiere: Significant cuts planned

The Medicare Savings Program, known as the Buy-in program, and the Low Cost Drugs for the Elderly Program’s income guidelines were cut by 10 percent as of March 1 for state budgetary reasons. The consumers who lost these benefits were informed in February and had less than 30 days to adjust for the impact.

Before March 1, a senior who was eligible for the Low Income Subsidy Program, low cost drugs and the QI program that pays for Part B coverage spent $16.50 per month for coverage and medications. With the loss of those programs, that same senior will now pay $104.90 for Part B and $360 a month for medications, or $464.90 monthly.

Needless to say he will not be able to afford and will go without.

When I started seeing the impact these cuts had on our most vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities, it truly broke my heart. Now I hear this was just the beginning.

At a recent legislative meeting, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew announced future cuts under the new budget.

In addition to cutting the income guidelines by 10 percent, they want to cut another 40 percent. Those proposed cuts could impact as many as 80,000 seniors.

So far, I haven’t heard anything about bringing back the asset test which was eliminated in 2007. Why should a senior who managed to save more than $6,000 or so in their lifetime be allowed on these programs?

It’s time people pay attention. Those programs are significant for the most needy and do so much for such a little cost to the state.

Roland Bussiere, New Gloucester

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

O.K. I'll bite..............

Just for the sake of discussion, lets assume Obama Care is abolished, then what????

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Put everyone on the same

Put everyone on the same healthcare plan that is enjoyed by the president and his family and all of the members of Congress and their families. How do we pay for that, you say? Let them figure it out. That's why they're there.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Good idea, how about we reduce their pay...

Force all elected officials to live on the equivalent of the benefits I receive from SSDI and Medicare. Having experienced an 85% cut in income, involuntarily. I would be curious to see how long these "Pampered" politicians would last having to live life in the real world. Then we'll see how well they can afford the continuous cuts they keep expecting us to endure.....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

They've forgotten who is

They've forgotten who is working for whom, and we're responsible for it because we've just sat on our haunches and watched it happen by electing and re-electing the same scoundrels over and over again election after election. We are now reaping the harvest of the government we voted for and half of us are loving it while the rest are waiting patiently for the day when it all comes to an end hoping that there will be enough left with which to start over again.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Hopefully, oBAMacare will be

Hopefully, oBAMacare will be abolished before our economy is collapsed and the ranks of the homeless quadruple because people, the elderly in particular, will have had to choose between making rent/mortgage payments or paying their monthly Medicare/oBAMacare premiums.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

How about we buy those same

How about we buy those same drugs from Canada for less?

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