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Fletcher Administration, Representative Lee Announce Funding Recommendation

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vikki Franklin or Gwenda Bond (502)564-6786  


Fletcher Administration, Representative Lee Announce Funding Recommendation
Additional Funds to Enhance Services for Kentucky Seniors

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2006) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher, state Representative Jimmie Lee (D-Elizabethtown) and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell today jointly announced a recommendation of additional funding to enhance services to the elderly.

 “When I received the call from Secretary Leavitt last Friday informing me that Kentucky would benefit from the reduced cost of Medicare Part D, I immediately thought of the unmet needs of our senior citizens,” said Governor Fletcher. “Working with Representative Lee, we determined that this additional funding would be best used to help address the needs of our elderly population.”

“How we care for our seniors and other vulnerable citizens is one of the most important decisions we can make. I am pleased to make this recommendation that will provide additional funding for necessary services that are facing increased demand,” said Representative Lee.

Under this plan, the Division of Aging Services in CHFS would receive a total funding increase of $7.5 million over the biennium, including $3 million per year in addition to Governor Fletcher’s original two-year funding increase proposal of $1.5 million. The additional $6 million comes from a reduction in Kentucky’s clawback calculation.

Aging will receive funding to cover services such as Meals on Wheels and the homecare program. A portion of the funding will also be used to explore all possible links between the services provided by the Division of Aging Services and those provided through the Department for Medicaid Services. This will enable the state to identify areas where federal funding can be maximized to allow additional services without reliance on general fund dollars.

The Cabinet administers an array of programs providing needed services to aging Kentuckians, many of which are delivered locally through 15 regional Area Agencies on Aging. Among these high-demand programs are assessment and case management, home management and personal care, home delivered meals, chore services, home repair, respite for family caregivers and home health aide services.  Most services are designed to help seniors to age in place in their homes and avoid nursing home or other costly and restrictive institutional care.


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Last Updated 2/16/2006