Cincinnati (AP) -- Agencies serving older Ohioans say state budget cuts to in-home and community-based services that help seniors stay independent will push more of those seniors into nursing homes at a higher cost to taxpayers.
The two-year spending plan lawmakers approved this week will cut about $30 million from a program that provides thousands of Ohio seniors a nursing home level of care delivered at home or in day care or assisted-living centers.
A spokeswoman for the senior citizen advocacy program AARP Ohio says the cuts will leave an estimated 10,000 older Ohioans on waiting lists or forced to go to nursing homes.
Spokeswoman Kathy Keller says it costs Ohio taxpayers more money for people to be in nursing homes than to receive in-home and community-based services.
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