Today, Nora Duncan, state director of AARP Connecticut — which represents more than 603,000 members age 50 and older in the state — issued the following statement in response to Governor Malloy’s SF 2015 Mid-Term Budget Adjustments:
“We commend Governor Malloy for his commitment to expanding opportunities for people to age in place and receive the supports they need to stay independent in their own homes and communities. In particular, AARP strongly supports the Governor’s efforts to implement Community First Choice this year, which we believe will allow Connecticut to serve thousands more individuals in their homes — instead of institutional settings — and significantly reduce annual state Medicaid expenditures.
“In addition, we are pleased that the Governor’s proposal maintains a commitment to critical programs that assist older adults and family caregivers, such as the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders and the Alzheimer’s Respite Program, and expands the CT Home Care Program for Adults with Disabilities.
“AARP believes no one should be forced out of their home to receive long-term care, which is why we applaud the Governor for his efforts to rebalance Connecticut’s long-term care system so that individuals and their families have the power to choose where they receive needed care.
“We also are encouraged by the Governor’s support for expanding resources to help older jobseekers and the long-term unemployed remain in the workforce.
“We look forward to working with the Governor and the General Assembly to enact these and other important proposals, such as strengthening consumer protections in the electric market, this year.”