Betsy Ritter was appointed Commissioner of the State Department on Aging in January, 2015, after serving ten years as the State Representative from the Towns of Waterford and Montville. In that time she served as Deputy Speaker, Co-Chair of the legislature's Committee on Public Health, and Co-Chair of the Medical Assistance Program Oversight Committee. Her legislative focus centered on healthcare reform, access to health and human services, provision of safe and reliable home and community based services, and healthcare regulatory issues.
Before her election as State Representative, Betsy served the Town of Waterford as its Tax Collector, Town Treasurer, and Registrar of Voters. Betsy and her husband have lived and raised their family in the Quaker Hill section of Waterford, since the 1980s.
Her previous career includes ten years work as a hospital financial manager.
Since her appointment, Betsy has worked to complete the organization of the State Department on Aging as an independent agency and advocated for and integrated Connecticut's CARE Act to ensure that caregivers are given direct support for patients discharged from hospitals and nursing homes. She continues to advance the growth of CT's Elder Justice Coalition, strengthen our state network of caregivers, and advance and support the work of our senior centers and municipal agents. As a result, the State Department on Aging has realized new opportunities through federal grants bringing resources to CT's aging and disabled population. Betsy brings a philosophy of collaboration and partnership to state government and to our growing aging network. She conscientiously and effectively works to fulfill the Department's mission 'to empower older adults to live full independent lives, and provide leadership on aging issues on behalf of older adults, families, caregivers, and advocates. She truly enjoys the opportunity to not only speak to, but to also hear from various groups within the aging network throughout the state.
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