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Advocacy Center 2021 Legislative Session

The Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program wants to make sure that as we enter the 2021 legislative session our legislators, public health officials and key decision makers across the state are able to hear from their constituents regarding issues that matter to them. We have created this web page as a central resource to help streamline that process.  We encourage readers to check this page regularly for updates as we try to keep our finger on the pulse of the legislative session and will provide weekly tracking logs of long term care related bills, but also suggest to use the resources listed to make your voices heard. We recommend confirming committee public hearing schedules for key bills related to key topics and taking opportunities to let your legislators know how you think they should vote when it comes to issues that matter most.

LTCOP Bill Tracker
  • During each legislative session, The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program continues to track and highlight a selection of priority focus bills as they relate to individuals who receive their Long Term Services and Supports in settings such as Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Residential Care Homes. The Bill Tracker is Updated Weekly and can be Accessed Here.  
CGA Website: How to Create Your Own Bill Tracker

 

Watch Public Hearing and Committee Meetings Live

CGA Training: How to View Meetings/Hearings Virtually  

To watch any public hearing and committee meeting live, visit the main website www.cga.ct.gov and check out the schedule of events / calendar on the front page. Click on the one you'd like to watch as the event occurs. 

The General Assembly has established a Youtube channel for each committee (also accessible at cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/broadcastmedia.asp under the "CGA Live Streaming Feeds" heading).

 

How to Testify Virtually Online

 

CGA Training: How to Testify Virtually Online

CGA Website: A Guide on How to Contact Legislators and Testify Remotely

 

What to Expect When Testifying Remotely

Joining the Meeting: When you request to testify on a particular bill, you will be sent a calendar invite with a zoom meeting for the date/time of the event. Then, on the day of the event you will log into and join the zoom meeting and be placed in a holding room, but should still be able to see the meeting taking place. While in this waiting room/holding room. You will be on mute and your camera will not show. As the meeting progresses they will ultimately start accepting testimony from those who are approved and call them name by name to speak. Eventually it will be your turn to testify and they will call your name. When they call your name you will see rotating circle that says "Re-entering the meeting". At that time you should unmute and turn your camera on. You will then be allowed to speak. 

How to Start Your Testimony: At the beginning of your testimony you will address the committee. Your testimony should begin with:

"Good afternoon Senator (CHAIR last name) , Representative (CHAIR last name),  and distinguished members of the (Name of the Committee) Committee.  My name is (your name)  and I am here today to testify regarding (BILL NUMBER X) or (BILL NUMBERS X, Y, Z)." 

If only testifying on behalf of one bill, say the bill number and full title and then tell your story or why your are for or against the bill. If you are testifying for multiple Bills, you can go through them one at a time by stating the bill number and full title of the bill and then the reasons why you are testifying on behalf of each one individually.

How to End Your Testimony: End by thanking them for hearing you today and let them know you welcome any questions.

*NOTE: Keep in mind each speaker has a total of 3 min to testify, so it is helpful to time and practice your testimony ahead of time so you know you wont be rushed and can get to all of your points during your delivery.

 

Upcoming Public Hearings

Social Media Flyer For Upcoming Aging Committee Public Hearing

*AGING COMMITTEE

TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021

The Aging Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 3:30 P.M. via Zoom.  The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live.  In addition, the public hearing may be recorded and broadcast live on CT-N.com.  Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form.  The registration form must contain the name of the person who will be testifying.  A unique email address must be provided for each person registered to speak.  Registration will close on March 8, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.  Speaker order of approved registrants will be listed in a randomized order and posted on the Aging Committee website on March 8, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. under Public Hearing Testimony.  If you do not have internet access, you may provide testimony via telephone.  To register to testify by phone, call the Phone Registrant Line at (860) 240-0090 to leave your contact information.  Please email written testimony to agetestimony@cga.ct.gov in Word or PDF format.  Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bill number.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators and Administrative Officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.  All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.

SUBJECT MATTER:   Aging Committee Bills

*H.B. No. 6554 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING AGING AND COVID-19. 

*H.B. No. 6553 (RAISED) AN ACT PROTECTING PROPERTY OWNERS AGE FIFTY AND OLDER FROM FORECLOSURE. 

*H.B. No. 6552 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE RIGHTS OF RESIDENTS IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES TO USE THE TECHNOLOGY OF THEIR CHOICE FOR VIRTUAL CONNECTIONS TO FAMILY, FRIENDS AND OTHER PERSONS. 

*S.B. No. 973 (RAISED) AN ACT STRENGTHENING THE VOICE OF RESIDENTS AND FAMILY COUNCILS. 

*S.B. No. 974 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING HOMEMAKER AND COMPANION SERVICES. 

*S.B. No. 975 (RAISED) AN ACT STRENGTHENING THE BILL OF RIGHTS FOR LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENTS. 

 

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*HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021

The Human Services Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. via Zoom.  The public hearing can be viewed via YouTube Live.  In addition, the public hearing may be recorded and broadcast live on CT-N.com.  Individuals who wish to testify via Zoom must register using the On-line Testimony Registration Form.  The registration form must contain the name of the person who will be testifying.  A unique email address must be provided for each person registered to speak.  Registration will close on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 3:00 P.M.  Speaker order of approved registrants will be listed in a randomized order and posted on the Human Services Committee website on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 8:00 P.M. under Public Hearing Testimony.  If you do not have internet access, you may provide testimony via telephone.  To register to testify by phone, call the Phone Registrant Line at (860) 240-0490 to leave your contact information.  Please email written testimony to hstestimony@cga.ct.gov in Word or PDF format.  Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related bill number.  The Committee requests that testimony be limited to matters related to the items on the Agenda.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, Chief Elected Municipal Officials and State Agency Heads.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.  All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.  As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines.

                SUBJECT MATTER:  Human Services Bills

*S.B. No. 956 (RAISED) AN ACT PROVIDING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS. 

*S.B. No. 957 (RAISED) AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO IN-HOME COUNSELING. 

*S.B. No. 979 (RAISED) AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO MEDICAL SPECIALISTS FOR MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES IN SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT. 

*S.B. No. 980 (RAISED) AN ACT ELIMINATING INCOME AND ASSET LIMITS FOR THE MED-CONNECT PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. 

*S.B. No. 981 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PAYMENT PARITY FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDERS. 

*H.B. No. 6560 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING TIMELY PAYMENTS TO PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS. 

*H.B. No. 6561 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT FOR MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPISTS PERMITTED TO PRACTICE WITHOUT LICENSES DURING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. 

*H.B. No. 6562 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT. 

*H.B. No. 6563 (RAISED) AN ACT ELIMINATING ADMINISTRATIVE BARRIERS TO A COMMUNITY'S PARTICIPATION IN THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. 

 

 

Connecticut General Assembly Resources

Connecticut General Assembly Main Page Link

Contact Info for Key Committees

Find Testimony Opportunities By Following Committee Public Hearing Agendas Page

House/Senate Journal

 

The Nursing Home and Assisted Living Oversight Working Group (NHALOWG)

The Nursing Home and Assisted Living Oversight Working Group (NHALOWG) was formed to make recommendations on proposed legislation for the 2021 session addressing lessons learned from COVID-19, based upon the Mathematica final report (A Study of the COVID-19 Outbreak and Response in Connecticut Long-Term Care Facilities) and other related information, concerning:

  • Structural challenges in the operation and infrastructure of nursing homes and assisted living facilities; and
  • Changes needed to meet the demands of any future pandemic.

Connecticut CT-N Network
  • Connecticut CT-N Network Link
  • CT-N Educational Video Programs Link

 

2021 Legislative Priority Issues by Topic
Election and Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Fact Sheet

Election Calendar

 

Further Information About the Legislative Process

The Legislative Process

How a Bill Becomes a Law

 

Take Action - Speak Up! Contact Your Local Representative Today

Find Your Representatives

My Representatives Contact Sheet

How to Write an Effective Letter - Template Format

 

Other Ways to Advocate on Issues In Your Home

Participate In Your Care Plan Meeting

Resident and Family Councils