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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Curious about all things, when not writing about senior housing topics, Liz is an avid explorer of food. She loves trying new recipes, new restaurants and new ice cream flavors. (Current favorite: Goat cheese with red cherries.)

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