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2020-2021 State Budget continues vital supports for older Ohioans by increasing funding for proven programs and services Bookmark

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Columbus, Ohio – “In addition to maintaining crucial supports to help older Ohioans remain in their homes and communities, the State Operating Budget for fiscal years 2020-2021 includes strategic investments in proven, effective programs to improve their health and access to services, support caregivers, and protect consumers of long-term services and supports.”

“We uphold the basic principle that older adults can live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.  This budget continues to fund essential home and community-based services, caregiver supports including respite programs, and initiatives aimed at helping older adults make healthy choices in nutrition, chronic disease self-management, and injury prevention.”

“We are grateful to Governor DeWine and the 133rd General Assembly for their wisdom in strengthening long-term care consumer protections as our state’s population grows older and more diverse. The budget includes an increase in GRF funding of $2.7 million by the second year of the biennium for the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, giving them the tools they have long needed to fully support consumers wherever they live.  This investment means Ohio is now better positioned to advocate for the rights and protections that vulnerable individuals need and deserve.”

“Strengthening our state’s caregiver infrastructure remains a priority, and we join the Department of Medicaid in our support of increasing rates for the Assisted Living and PASSPORT Waiver programs. We remain committed to working with our aging and provider networks that help us provide these services to people who need them.”

“Expansion of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program in this budget puts healthy, locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables on the tables of older adults and supports Ohio’s farmers, many of whom are older adults themselves.  We are investing $2.4 million over the biennium to eliminate waiting lists and expand this popular and successful program statewide.”

“This budget also trusts us with $3.7 million to continue to align systems for administrative efficiencies, support a single IT system, and house a universal assessment tool for all Ohioans seeking facility and home and community-based services.  This will lead to more responsive services and supports that respond to and evolve with consumers’ changing needs.”

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This statement may be attributed to Ursel J. McElroy, Director, Ohio Department of Aging.

For additional information:
Beth Gianforcaro, Deputy Director, Communications
Ohio Department of Aging, 614-644-6230



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