AARP Goes to Bat for More State Home Care Funds

The Mississippi chapter of AARP went to the state capitol Tuesday seeking $16 million in funding for in-home care, according to a report by the Clarion Ledger.

Clarion Ledger reports:

More than 200 AARP Mississippi members clad in red T-shirts gathered to urge lawmakers to commit to funding home- and community-based services.

Former Gov. Haley Barbour last year sought to apply an estimated $42 million Medicaid budget surplus to home- and community-based services. The budget surplus was later set at $32 million, with $16 million allotted to home- and community-based services. The other half went toward increased funds for education and mental health services.

AARP Mississippi State Director Sherri Davis-Garner said the group wants lawmakers to “deliver on their promise of another $16 million.”

Mick Bullock, spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant, said Bryant’s focus is “making sure people are being cared for in the most appropriate setting to ensure their well-being and quality of life.”

“If home- and community-based services are the sensible approach and need expanding, the issue of funding must be addressed,” Bullock said.

…”It’s a cost-saving measure in a time of economic uncertainty,” said Dr. David Dzielak, executive director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. “Providing better care at a lower cost is what this is all about.”

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Written by Elizabeth Ecker