Lincoln, NE (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would use state and federal money to improve programs designed to help elderly people remain in their homes instead of moving to care centers.
Sen. Kate Bolz, of Lincoln, introduced the bill, which would have the state spend $8.5 million to qualify for $36 million in federal funds over the next two fiscal years. Bolz says she expects the cost of the bill to decrease, in part by changing some of the staffing required by the bill.
The money would be used for existing home and community-based services, such as adult day care or respite services.
Legislators voted 31-11 to move the bill to the second round of debate.
The bill is LB690
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