Speak out – Speak Up

Public Hearing on Proposed Health Insurance Rate Hikes

Sources: Connecticut Public Radio (Nicole Leonard); Connecticut Senate Republicans

The Connecticut Insurance Department has announced proposed health insurance rate hikes for 2022 filed by Aetna, Anthem Health Plans, ConnectiCare Benefits Inc., Cigna Health and Life, Harvard Pilgrim and United Healthcare/Oxford for the 2022 plan year.

The rate increases range from 5.1 percent to 12.3 percent in the individual market and from 7.4 percent to 15.8 percent in the small group market.

Any changes would apply to individual and small group health plans on and off the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange, Access Health CT. Those plans currently cover about 222,700 people.

This is the second time the state Insurance Department has had to review and rule on insurance rate filings during the ongoing pandemic.

Health insurance companies in Connecticut want to raise rates in 2022 because of a projected increase in demand for health services after the pandemic, while consumer advocates are insisting on more affordable options. But both are pushing for a more thorough investigation into what continues to be the main driver of insurance rates: the rising costs of health care.
“The rate review process that is undergone every year in Connecticut is an important area to explore why — why are the prices this high?” asked Ted Doolittle, the state’s Healthcare Advocate. “In the past couple years, they have cut some of these rate requests. I hope that that happens again,” Doolittle said. “Certainly, when you’re talking about a bottom line figure of raises of 14% and 15%, one would hope that there’s a little room to make that substantially more consumer friendly or cheaper.”

The premium prices people see when buying insurance are influenced by closed-door contract negotiations between health insurers and health organizations, hospitals, health offices, pharmaceutical companies and other providers, which set pricing for health care services and products.

Pricing and overall patient need for services play into yearly medical cost trends. A June report by PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Health Research Institute projects a rise in medical costs in 2022.

COVID-19 vaccination, testing and treatment will likely continue into the new year and people will also seek health care that they deferred during the pandemic, according to report authors.

That could include a greater need for mental health care and addiction treatment. National survey data points to elevated levels of anxiety and depression since last March. A record 1,378 people in Connecticut died from drug overdoses in 2020.

Susan Halpin, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Health Plans, said that insurers foresee a sicker population overall going into next year. “We also have new technologies coming on board, we have new drugs that are coming out that are exorbitantly expensive,” she added. “All of those things are clearly factoring into the costs and the trends that are reflected in the premiums that health insurance carriers are proposing.”

ConnectiCare is among two insurance carriers offering plans on Access Health CT, where people may be eligible for zero-cost coverage with federal subsidies, depending on their income. The other exchange carrier is Anthem.

Neil Kelsey, ConnectiCare vice president and chief actuary, said 80 to 85 cents for every dollar that comes in from premiums goes back out to pay health care providers for their services to patients, as required by federal law under the ACA.

“You know, to be fair, the cost to the providers is going up as well,” he said. “They had a lot of issues last year, they have equipment, they have things they have to buy, so their costs are going up as well.” Doolittle said the insurance department can be a first line of defense in keeping premiums down, especially when they’re affected by health costs.

“I hope that the insurance department will go deep on these rate requests and get down to the granular level of ascertaining which providers, which drugs, which pharmaceutical manufacturers is this money needed for,” he said. “Those are things that consumers don’t know, and those are things that the insurance department has authority, in my view, to explore, and they should explore aggressively.”

Gov. Ned Lamont in January signed an executive order to establish health care cost benchmarks in Connecticut. That effort will be overseen by the state Office of Health Care Strategy, which also recently launched the Health Care Affordability Index. That index tracks and measures residents’ ability to pay for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

“The conversation around affordability needs to be had,” Halpin said. “We need to be focusing on the unit cost of care, whether it is what it should be.”

New state legislation that already went into effect, or will go into effect in January, have also been factored into the 2022 rate requests, Kelsey said, but to a smaller degree than cost trends.

One law will expand coverage for diabetes management. “And that’s requiring us to cover certain supplies and monitors and things like that and not pass along as much of that cost to the individuals who need that,” Kelsey said.

All 15 rate request filings are open to public comment. The state Insurance Department is expected to make final decisions in September after a public hearing.

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2022 begins Nov. 1.

Public Hearing:
Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Viewing: The Department’s YouTube Channel will live stream the informational meeting being held at the Department’s offices.

In-Person:
Insurance Department
153 Market Street
7th Floor
Hartford

Parking is available at the Morgan Street Garage.
The wearing of a mask is required to enter the office space and attend the meeting.

The public will have an opportunity to submit questions and/or provide comments specific to the rate filings. Anyone wishing to testify can sign up by sending an email to:
cid.RateFilings@ct.gov

Include your name and testimony attached no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, August 27, 2021.

Testimony is limited to 3 minutes per person. Due to the number of filings and amount of material to be covered at the meeting, the Department may not get to every question from the public.

What is TCI?

Transportation and Climate Initiative Program

by State Representative Joe Gresko, 120th
State Senator Christine Hunter Cohen, Deputy President Pro Tempore,
Representing Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison & North Branford

The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program is a regional market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and generate proceeds to reinvest in clean transportation options and infrastructure here in our state.

TCI is good for the climate and good for the health of Connecticut’s residents — particularly our most vulnerable. Those opposed falsely claim the program will increase gas prices by being, in effect, a “gas tax”.

If passed by the legislature, TCI is projected to increase gas prices by 5 cents per gallon in 2023. This is not a tax, but an estimate of the costs that may be passed along to consumers as energy wholesalers raise prices in response to limited allowances.

TCI includes consumer protection features, including a cost containment mechanism, to prevent gas prices from increasing above 9 cents per gallon in 2023.

All proceeds from TCI will be deposited in the Special Transportation Fund lockbox to be invested in reducing transportation emissions here in Connecticut. This fund can only be managed by the state of Connecticut; the other states in the consortium have no say.

At least 50 percent of the proceeds will be invested in overburdened and underserved communities

TCI will raise annual proceeds of up to $89 million in 2023, increasing up to $117 million by 2032, to reinvest in Connecticut’s clean transportation future. TCI will work for Connecticut, much like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which received similar criticism at its outset.

RGGI has eliminated over 18 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and has raised over $240 million for Connecticut to invest in energy efficiency programs and clean, renewable energy resources.

When gas prices rise due to market fluctuations, we all criticize, but pay the increase and watch it go to shareholders and industry profits. The transportation market has already indicated internal combustion engines will see their final days come the 2030’s. It takes years to negotiate that type of change, which Connecticut hopes to get a jump on with TCI.

The recently passed federal infrastructure bill has welcomed funds for Connecticut for electric vehicle charging stations, but it’s just a piece of the decade-long transition.

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the mayor of Washington, D.C., signed a bipartisan memorandum of understanding agreeing to pursue the implementation of the program. TCI will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, which is the largest source of those emissions generated in the state.

Turning climate change around is the challenge of our time and we owe it to future generations to do all we can to mitigate its impacts.

Same Names Different Year!!!

Former Stratford Democratic Town Committee Members Announce Primaries

Sources: Town of Stratford, Ethan Fry, Reporter Connecticut Post

(For Ethan Fry’s complete article go to: https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Two-former-Democrats-of-the-Year-launch-16352910.php)

Two of Stratford former “Democrats of the Year” are now plotting primary challenges on September 14th to a pair of Democrat party-endorsed Town Council candidates.

In the 8th District, Dick Brown is gathering signatures to challenge Dianne Nolan.

Dianne Nolan received her undergraduate degree at Rowan University and graduate degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University. Nolan began her college teaching and coaching career at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. Her next stop was Fairfield University where she obtained a Master’s in Corporate and Political Communications and coached the Women’s Basketball Team for 28 years.

After stops at Yale and Lafayette College she retired having accumulated 575 Career Wins, Four NCAA Tournament Appearances, and the distinction of having every senior she ever coached graduate, on time, with their degree. Dianne has been inducted into more than a half dozen Athletic Halls of Fame and served on the Board of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and The Field of Dreams of Bridgeport, CT. Currently, Dianne teaches at Central High School in Bridgeport, directs the Summer Springboard Program at Yale, and is a member of the ESPN3 Basketball Broadcast Crew at Quinnipiac University.

Dick Brown is a real estate agent with Re/Max in Trumbull, and serves on the Boothe Park Commission.  Brown is also donor to Republican Mayor Laura Hoydick. He needs 64 required signatures among party members in the 8th District.  Brown is also a candidate for constable, according to the filings posted online with the Stratford Town Clerks office.  Brown has served in a number of positions over the course of decades of involvement in Stratford organizations and politics.

In the 9th, Rick Marcone is seeking support to primary Linda Chaffin.

Linda Chaffin channels her knowledge of civics and community participation as a Volunteer Director and Certified teacher, which combines her passion for teaching with community service work. She taught character education through service in districts throughout the State of Connecticut, for 13 years. Linda and her husband Tom co-lead an Indivisible group that worked to help get Phil Young elected twice.  Linda has been active at the State level to get early voting passed in the legislature.

Marcone has been active in several community organizations for years, and was the Democrat Registrar of Voters until last year, when Democrats at their endorsement meeting for the post voted in favor of endorsing Jim Simon.  Marcone then lost a primary to Simon for the position and came up short again in November after petitioning his way onto the general election ballot.

Marcone has since been hired as a part-time file clerk at Town Hall, according to campaign finance disclosures filed by Republican Mayor Laura Hoydick’s campaign, to which he donated $100 June 10th.  Marcone needs to gather 59 signatures among party members in District 9.

In addition to the council races, outgoing 4th District Town Council member David Harden is planning a run for the Board of Zoning Appeals against Rene’ Marie Gibson.

Rene’ Marie Gibson lives in the 4th District.  She graduated from Stratford High School, Heart Christian University, with certificates in Life Coach, Spiritual Counselor, and Chaplain.  She also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Divinity from Heart Bible Christian University. She has studied at American Intercontinental University in their Business Administration and Gerontology Healthcare Administration B.A. programs.

For more than two decades Rene’ has been a Community Relations Representative for major health insurance companies, enrolling families into affordable healthcare plans, and an insurance broker specializing in retirement planning, family financial planning, senior and disability healthcare benefits, Medicare advantage, and supplement insurance products. She is the founder of the annual South End Day which has featured expos and youth sports tournaments since 2014. These events and activities are intergenerational, welcoming diverse cultures and populations to the South End of Stratford.

David Harden works in the medical field and is the outgoing Town Councilman for the 4th District.

Frank Bevacqua is seeking a town constable post, according to papers filed with the Town Clerk. Bevacqua is President at Imperial Metal Finishing in Stratford.  He was a petitioning candidate for Constable in 2019, having not secured the endorsement from the Stratford Democratic Town Committee. He lost the 2019 election.

On the day they filed paperwork in Town Hall, Brown and Marcone attended a fundraiser for Jim Connor, the incumbent Republican Town Council member Brown is looking to challenge in November, according to photos posted on the Stratford Republican Town Committee’s Facebook page.

Brown, who serves with Connor on the Boothe Park Commission, said that his presumed Republican opponent is “a good guy” but that he wanted to give Democrats in the 8th District another option besides Nolan.

Brown stated that he and Marcone decided to run after the Democratic Town Committee’s July 21st  endorsement meeting, which he criticized as disorganized.

“They couldn’t even get four candidates for the Board of Education,” he said. “The leadership is non-existent.”

Editor’s Note:  Only 4 slots are open for the Board of Education, and, since there has to be at least 1 Republican on the Board it is customary for political parties to run 3 candidates, thus leaving one seat open for a Republican.  Terms that expire include: Allison DelBene (D); Vincent Faggella (D); Robert DeLorenzo (D); Karen Rodia (R).

Nolan said she’s looking forward to the campaign.  “I’m just very excited to be endorsed by the Democratic Party,” she said. “My campaign slogan is ‘All in For the 8th.’ I want to be a candidate who unifies everyone. I will campaign to get our message across to every voter in the district.”

Marcone, who has donated to his prospective GOP opponent this year, incumbent Bill O’Brien, said he decided to run because Chaffin moved to Stratford relatively recently and he would make a better choice.  “I think the 9th District Democrats should have a choice of somebody who has been a lifelong Stratford resident and lived in the 9th District for 30 years,” he said. “I understand the 9th District and I know the people in the 9th District, that’s pretty much it.”

 

What Did They Pass, and How Does It Affect Us?

by State Representative Ben McGorty, 122nd District

Every year the Office of Legislative Research (OLR), the non-partisan research agency utilized by the Connecticut General Assembly, produces reports on notable legislation that passed during the legislative session.

These reports range from a variety of topics, including:

Acts Affecting Taxes

Acts Affecting Veterans and the Military

Acts Affecting Energy and Utilities

To access these reports, visit OLR’s website. The current list of published reports for 2021 may be updated as new ‘Issues Affecting’ reports are made available.

https://cga.ct.gov/olr/actsaffecting.asp

 

Ask The Registrar

2021 Legislative changes in elections, voting could affect Stratford this fall

By Registrar James Simon

The Connecticut Secretary of State’s office has just released a summary of 2021 legislative changes to the voting and elections process, some of which could have an impact on Stratford’s municipal elections in November. Here are some highlights:

  1. Expanded Reason For Absentee Ballots.

In 2021, voters can again choose COVID-19 sickness as a reason to request an absentee ballot. COVID will be listed as one of the approved reasons on an AB application, along with traditional reasons such as being out of town and being otherwise too ill to vote in person. In the 2020 election, the COVID provision helped prompt record use of ABs.

It was not immediately clear whether an application for an AB in 2021 will be sent to every voter, as was done by the Secretary of State in 2020.

  1. Early Count Of Abs

Like 2020, towns can count a portion of the Absentee Ballots before Election Day, as long as they adhere to a rigid set of rules issued by the state (such as using a centralized location and notifying interested parties 10 days in advance). They also can count a final wave of ABs as late as 48 hours after polls close.

In Stratford, both registrars have a strong preference to wrap up all counting on the Tuesday election night.

  1. Drop Boxes Are Back.

The white ballot Drop Boxes, where voters could deposit their Absentee Ballots until 8p.m. on Election Day, are made permanent. Stratford had two of the boxes, located alongside Town Hall, in the 2020 election and they were heavily used.

  1. Time Off

Employers must give an employee up to two hours of unpaid time off to vote for state elections if the person requests it in advance.

  1. The Fine Print

Here is where you can see a full description of the dozens of Connecticut changes: https://portal.ct.gov/…/2021-Legislative-Summary-Final.pdf

Stratford Registrar James Simon worked as a political reporter for 10 years with The Associated Press, then taught courses like political journalism for 18 years as a professor and dean at Fairfield University. He was elected as the Democratic Registrar of Voters in Stratford in November 2020.

More questions? Please send them to registrar Jim Simon; jsimon@townofstratford.com. This is not an official publication of the Town of Stratford. (Vol. 1, No. 8; August 2021)

Tax Free Week State

by Representative Ben McGorty, 122nd District

With school less than two weeks away for some students, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 15th through Saturday, August 21st.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item. Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/Sales-Tax/Examples-of-Clothing-and-Footwear-That-are-Exempt-During-Sales-Tax-Free-Week

 

Endorsed Democrats for November 2021 Election

The Democratic Town Committee endorsed Immacula Cann to challenge incumbent Republican Mayor Laura Hoydick at an endorsement at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport, with a handful of members participating virtually.

Mayor:  Immacula Cann

Town Council:

District 1: Will Farmer

District 2: Kaitlyn Shake (Incumbent)

District 3: Paul Tavars (Incumbent)

District 4: Kim Rice

District 5: Greg Cann (Incumbent)

District 6: Jen Budai

District 7: Tim Bristol

District 8: Dianne Nolan

District 9: Linda Chaffee

District 10: Kathleen Callahan

 

Board of Education:

Chris Cormier

Lisa Fabian

Matthew Schlager

 

Planning Commission:

Zone 1: Joseph Gerics

Zone 3: Barbara Heimlich

Zone 4: Christina Kazanas

Zone 5: Jason Thompson

 

Zoning Commission:

Zone 3: Harold Watson

Zone 4: Shaun Pasquale

Zone 5: Karen Tracy

 

Board of Zoning Appeals:

Zone 1: Laura Markis-Johnson

Zone 2: Rene Gibson

Zone 3: Anthony Afriyie

Chairman Steve Taccogna said he’s looking forward to November.  “I think we have a phenomenal slate of candidates that look like Stratford,” he said. “They represent diverse backgrounds and experiences in our community, and I’m excited about it.”

Republican Slate for November Elections

The follow represents Republican endorsed candidates for the November 2021 town elections following the recent Republican Town Committee meeting at the Stratford VFW.  The meeting, chaired by Town GOP Chairman Lou DeCilio, nominated the following slate:

Mayor:  Laura Hoydick (incumbent)

Town Council:

District 1: Chris Pia (incumbent)

District 2: Ronald Tichy

District 3: Victor Ayala Jr.

District 4: Linnea Scheck

District 5: Kerry Whitham

District 6: Ken Poisson (incumbent)

District 7: Jean-Marie Sutton

District 8: Jim Connor (incumbent)

District 9: Bill O’Brien (incumbent)

District 10: Laura Dancho (incumbent)

 

Board of Education:

Kristen Bedell

Theresa Sheehy

Sean Kennedy

Michael Henrick

 

Planning Commission:

Zone 1: Bryan O’Connor

Zone 3: Alec Voccola

Zone 4: Sarah Graham

Zone 5: Paul Aurelia

 

Zoning Commission:

Zone 3: Prez Palmer

Zone 4: Debra Lamberti

Zone 5: Len Petruccelli

 

Board of Zoning Appeals:

Zone 1: Bob Baird

Zone 2: Ed Scinto

Zone 3: Kerry Whitham

 

Sterling House Receives $2 million

Stratford Delegation Applauds New Funding for Sterling House

The Town of Stratford’s delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly – including Rep. Joseph P. Gresko, Rep. Phil Young, Rep. Ben McGorty, Sen. Kevin Kelly and Sen. Dennis Bradley – commend the inclusion of state funding for the restoration of the Sterling House in Stratford. The cost of the project totals $2 million.

The funds, which will be disbursed through a grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and received approval from the State Bond Commission on Friday, will be used to repair and restore both the interior and exterior of the 19th century structure which serves as a community center for all residents of Stratford to enjoy.

“The iconic status of Sterling House, not just in Stratford, but across the state was recognized once again as these bond funds will provide needed structural repair to the historic building,” said Rep. Gresko. “These state funds free up existing organizational funds to continue providing services, youth athletic programs and food pantry stock for Stratford residents. I have fond memories of participating in athletic programs at Sterling House.”

“Sterling House has graciously served the Stratford community, and these funds ensure that they will be able to do so for the foreseeable future,” said Rep. Young. “I’d like to thank Governor Lamont and the Bonding Commission for considering this project.”

“I’m proud to see this project taking the next step in the bonding process,” said Rep. McGorty. “The commission’s approval of these bonds will allow Stratford to offset taxpayer costs to make much-needed renovations to this property, which provides vital social services to our youth and their families.”

“It is an honor to advocate for the incredible people and programs at the Sterling House Community Center,” said Sen. Kelly. “So many children, seniors, and families are served by the center’s food pantry, educational programs, summer camp, and youth and adult programs. Always a vibrant sense of community, Sterling House has played an especially vital role during the pandemic and throughout our recovery, supporting people with everything from food assistance to children’s programming. I thank the state for recognizing the value of investing in a center that helps so many families thrive.”

“The Sterling House has been a staple to many dynamic and diverse families in providing a safe and warm environment to the youth of Stratford,” said Sen. Bradley. “It is moving to know that this delegation values and acknowledges that community centers like this are crucial to establishing a sense of belonging and unity to Stratford, especially with the children and adults that participate in their various programs. Special thank you to the local and state legislators for fighting to give a voice to the community and working in collaboration, now we can rest assured that the Sterling House will be able to do the good work and continue serving our families and children.”

“We are very appreciative of the Bond Commission’s approval of $2 million to the Town of Stratford in support of the needed ongoing renovation of the interior and exterior of Sterling House Community Center,” said Stratford Mayor Laura R. Hoydick. “Sterling House stands as one of the enduring pillars of compassion and resources for Stratford during the COVID-19 pandemic – cementing their already impeccable legacy and profound importance to our residents.  The funds approved today support their important mission by allowing much-needed renovations to the Sterling House roof, drainage, exterior porches, and repair of water-damaged interior rooms including the Food Pantry, among other projects. The completion of this work will allow Sterling House to continue to properly serve the residents of Stratford, fulfilling their dedication to serve as they have since 1932.”

“It has been an incredible year of determination, resilience, and heart as we worked together to serve the urgent needs of our community throughout the pandemic,” said Amanda Meeson, Executive Director of the Sterling House. “We stayed open in service to our youth and families through our preschool, after school, virtual learning program, camp, athletics, and scaled up to support those with food insecurity, isolation, and financial instability. With this critical restoration of the roof and exterior shell, we will ensure Sterling House stands proudly to welcome and serve generations to come as we increase our capacity and deepen our impact in this great community. Thank you to our local delegation for their ongoing support and advocacy as we work together to restore our 135-year-old House.”

 

Mark Your Calendar

Town Notices You Don’t Want to Miss

Be A Part of Stratford’s Future


Center School Redevelopment Proposals

Four developers who responded to the Town’s Request for Proposals for the Center School Redevelopment Project will present their ideas on Monday, July 19th in Room 110/111 of the Birdseye Municipal Complex, 468 Birdseye Street. The presentations will take place at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will be videotaped and posted to the Town website.

Answer the Call: Town Wide Survey by Health Department

Stratford residents are urged to “Answer the Call!” for the largest-ever town-level survey on health, quality of life and recovery from COVID-19. The Stratford Health Department will join DataHaven and over 75 other foundations, hospitals, and local agencies from around the state in this initiative to get Connecticut residents to participate in the 2021 Community Well-Being Survey. MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Help us learn more about health in Stratford, your needs, and what you want to see to promote greater happiness and well-being in your neighborhood. Data from the survey will be used to inform Stratford’s local Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement plan, which is updated every 3 years. Residents will receive phone calls from the Siena College Research Institute beginning this month. Calls will continue this summer and fall.
For more information go to:
https://www.ctdatahaven.org/blog/connecticut-residents-urged-pick-phone-largest-ever-town-level-survey-quality-life-and-recovery

Mosquito Spraying

In an effort to prevent illnesses such as West Nile virus (WNV) carried by mosquitoes, the Stratford Health Department has teamed up with the Town’s Public Works Department to treat the town’s 5,283 catch basins with a non-toxic larvicide.

“Stratford will be treating all of our catch basins starting later in July, weather permitting and will continue through the summer season, as needed and as funding permits,” said Kelly Kerrigan, the town’s Environmental Conservation Superintendent. She advises that you can do your part by reducing standing water on your property to limit areas where mosquitoes can breed. Residents can also purchase larvicide brickettes or “dunks” at local hardware stores or places like Home Depot to treat areas on their property where water may pool.

Stratford’s Health Director Andrea Boissevain said “We’ve started tracking mosquito surveillance data from the state agricultural stations located here in Town at Beacon Point and Beaver Dam Road, and so far all of the mosquitoes have been negative for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis”. Boissevain and Kerrigan outlined some tips on how to avoid mosquito bites and decrease mosquito activity around your home:

Remove Standing Water:
Rid your property of extra standing water. Artificial containers such as barrels and birdbaths are frequently used by mosquitoes for laying eggs.
Cleaning and chlorinating swimming pools that are not being used, including pool covers.
Cleaning clogged gutters.
Drilling holes in bottom of recycling containers.
Fixing holes in your screens.
For commercial properties with flat roofs, check for standing water to reduce mosquito-breeding sites.

Wear Protective Clothing
Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
Minimizing time spent outdoors around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Be sure door and windows screens are tight fighting and in good repair.
Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect small babies when outdoors.

Insect Repellent
Considering using mosquito repellent, as directed, when outdoors.

Repellents made with 20-30% of the active ingredient DEET are very effective when used properly; however, Do Not Use on Children Under 2 years of age.

The State started their mosquitoes collecting and testing program June 1st. They test for the presence of WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, through October. For more information on mosquito control, visit the Stratford Health Department’s website at www.townofstratford.com/health and follow us on Twitter @Health Stratford and Instagram for tips and info.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station also has information for the public on mosquito surveillance control and mosquito-borne diseases. For the most up-to-date mosquito information across Connecticut, can be accessed on their website http://www.ct.gov/mosquito.