Lawmakers give tentative boost to funding for seniors
DENVER – The House on Tuesday tentatively approved a measure that would increase the amount of money for seniors for Meals on Wheels, legal assistance, shopping shuttles and other services that allow them to remain in their own homes.The bill (House Bill 1100) would increase funding to the Older Coloradans Cash Fund from state sales and use taxes from $3 million to $5 million. It faces a third reading before it goes to the Senate.”The increase in funding for the Older Coloradans Fund would allow more seniors in need of help to get the services they need to live independently,” said Rep. Jim Riesberg, D-Greeley. “We would actually save more money in Medicaid costs by giving our seniors the chance to live in their own home rather than sending them to expensive nursing homes.”The $5 million will be divided among the 17 Area Agencies on Aging across the state based on criteria such as population.
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