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Surcharge for home care help cut in Conn. budget

May 8, 2010

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Advocates for Connecticut's senior citizens are praising a change in the new state budget that reduces a surcharge for in-home personal care services.

The 15 percent surcharge, adopted earlier this year for participants in the Home Care for Elders program, will be cut to 6 percent under the new $19 billion state budget.

About 5,100 clients of the program were paying up to $400 monthly under the old surcharge. It was 15 percent of the cost of their in-home services, such as meal deliveries, personal care assistants and visiting nurses.

The program's seniors have just enough assets to make them ineligible for such services through Medicaid, but could end up in nursing homes without help from the state program.

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