Senior Advocacy in Action Alert
Programs funded by the Office of Services to the Aging (OSA), including meals, home care, caregiver services and volunteer programs, funded at $40 million one year ago, have been slashed by $7 million (18%) within the last year. Governor Granholm recently announced her recommendation of an 8% cut for next year. Your advocacy is needed to convince Legislators that more OSA cuts are ‘penny wise and pound foolish.’
What You Can Do:
Contact the members of the Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee, which makes recommendations to the full Senate about funding for the OSA budget.
Members of the Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee:
Chair: Senator Roger Kahn, M.D. (866) 305-2132 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator John Pappageorge (877) 736-1384 email@example.com
Senator Tom George, M.D. (866) 305-2120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Tony Stamas (866) 305-2136 email@example.com
Senator Deb Cherry (866) 305-2126 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jim Barcia (866) 305-2131 email@example.com
Senator Mickey Switalski (866) 303-0110 firstname.lastname@example.org
OSA services help vulnerable seniors stay in their own homes. They prevent seniors from going into nursing homes, spending down their assets, and then going on Medicaid.
OSA services help seniors who are needy, some of whom are on waiting lists for the MI Choice waiver.
Last year, $4 million in OSA services saved Medicaid $140 million
Within the past year, OSA programs have been reduced by $7 million (an 18% loss). The Governor’s FY 2011 budget includes cuts totaling $2.3 million. Without these services, caregivers get burned out and nursing home placement is frequently the result, with seniors spending down their assets and going on Medicaid to pay the $68,000 annual bill. If these are passed more than 2,000 older adults would be affected.
While the Governor makes a recommendation, the Legislature makes budget decisions. Home and community-based care has proven cost-effective and can save Medicaid money by preventing unnecessary nursing home placement. Last year, $4 million in OSA services for the most at-risk clients saved Medicaid $140 million.
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