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Budget Ax

by Donnan Runkel - 12/01/2011

Lawmakers are in a special session this month to deal with a $1.4 billion shortfall for the 2011-2013 budget. Among the belt-tightening proposals is one that would eliminate long-term care services for more than 5,000 people. If approved, seniors would lose home-care assistance, and people living in adult family homes would have to pay for their own care or move out.

"This would roll back decades of progress toward providing cost-effective alternatives to nursing home care," said John Barnett, AARP state president. "Family caregivers will not be able to pick up the slack."

AARP is asking members who would be affected by cuts to in-home care to email their stories to To oppose the cuts, call legislators at 1-800-562-6000 and write a message to Gov. Christine Gregoire, D.

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