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AARP Urges Lawmakers to Fund Home- and Community-based Care Services

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As part of a coalition, AARP Vermont is calling on state officials to invest more money in home- and community-based services, which help people continue to live at home as they age.

In 2005, the federal government granted Vermont a waiver to allow Medicaid funding for long-term care to be used not just on nursing home care but also on services such as homemaker, home health and transportation. A state law created the Choices for Care program to provide such services. The law specified that any money saved by paying for fewer people in nursing homes had to be spent on providing more home- and community-based care. The coalition members say that’s not occurring.

To get involved in this issue, go to aarp.org/vt or call 866-227-7451 toll-free.

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