Wolf announces proposals to improve health care for seniors

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 27, 2015 12:04 PM

(Philadelphia) -- Governor Tom Wolf says he wants to allow more Pennsylvania seniors to obtain health care in their home instead of a nursing facility.

In an event at the AARP office in Philadelphia, Wolf told about 30 people that his upcoming budget would expand home- and community-based long term care for an additional 5,500 people. The Democrat says the proposal would make long-term care for seniors more convenient and personal.

Wolf says avoiding nursing-home care for those people would save taxpayers $162 million a year.

Wolf also says he wants to make it easier for patients eligible for home health care to have their homes modified to make them more accessible.

The new governor is set to unveil his first state budget plan on Tuesday.

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