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Andrew M. Maynard

Brain-Injured Senator Hangs On, As He Approaches 10-Year Threshold For Lifetime Health Benefits

Brain-Injured Senator Hangs On, As He Approaches 10-Year Threshold For Lifetime Health Benefits

State Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, who suffered a brain injury in a 2014 fall that has prompted public questions about whether he can effectively perform his duties, would quickly qualify for a lifetime of generous state health benefits if he hangs on and completes what he now says will be his final term next Jan. 4 and reaches a key 10-year threshold.

An examination of state retirement provisions shows that Maynard's potential options include an immediate application for a "non-service connected disability" retirement that potentially could kick in as early as February of 2017. Or he could wait until his 55th birthday on July 14, 2017, to apply for a regular early...

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