The Massachusetts House budget debate is on. It’s our last chance to highlight the importance of elder issues before the House budget is made final.
What will happen if the Massachusetts Fiscal Year 2014 budget gets passed with the current proposals? To name just two possible scenarios: some elders may not be able to receive services that help them remain independent or some may be placed forced to wait for the enhanced home care services for which they are eligible.
Protecting Vulnerable Residents and Keeping Elders Independent
The following amendments to the House budget address funding for programs and services that help keep older adults independent and in their community:
#160, 723 – Councils on Aging
#353 – Elder Protective Services
#543 – Prescription Advantage
Programs that serve seniors in the commonwealth have been hit hard and many have been cut to the bone after six consecutive years of state budget revenue shortfalls. At the same time, need continues to grow due in part to the tough economy – but also because of the growing elder population in Massachusetts.
Each of these amendments address vital programs and services aimed at keeping older adults independent and in their community; which also potentially keeps elders out of institutional care and limits financial demands on the commonwealth.