The NC General Assembly has proposed slashing $2.4 billion from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services budget over the next two years in an attempt to close a $4 billion budget gap. In all, 717 state jobs in human services would be cut, and programs like N.C. Health Choice, the children’s health insurance plan for low-income families, would be slashed. “We’ve already closed two senior dining sites,” said Wendy Marsh, director of the Buncombe County Council on Aging. “We have 300 people on the waiting list for in-home aid.” Without in-home aid, many senior citizens could need nursing home care, which costs more than three times as much as caring for someone at home.
Independent living money, which helps people with disabilities stay in their homes, also faces a cut of $1.5 million, which could send more people to adult care and nursing homes. The HensonFuerst Nursing Home Abuse team believes it is ill-advised to make cuts that would send otherwise able persons from their home into nursing care, and we recommend that all interested blog viewers contact their local members of the General Assembly to voice their opposition to this bill.
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