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Democrats Unveil Proposal for Senior Services

Anita Kumar

House Democrats unveiled a plan Friday to expand services for seniors though in-home and long-term care programs as party leaders continue their tour of the state to convince voters to elect Democrats to the General Assembly in November.

The "Take Care of Our Seniors" proposal includes expanding access to in-home care, provide resources and information for long-term care plans, increasing the all-inclusive care for the elderly program (PACE), providing more long-term care insurance for employees and owners of small businesses and ensuring nutrition in-home for seniors. Democrats did not provide a pricetag for the proposals.

"Virginia's aging population will increase nearly 77 percent in the next decade," said Del. Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry), the House Democratic Leader. "We must make the investments today to ensure the growing numbers of seniors are able to live with the freedom and dignity they have earned."

The Democratic "Change the Assembly" Tour stopped Friday in Rocky Mount and Danville.

All 140 seats in the state legislature will be on ballots Nov. 6. The GOP is hoping to maintain its majority in both houses, and the Democrats are hoping to take over the Senate and make inroads in the House.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 28, 2007; 3:10 PM ET
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Statement of Delegate Phillip A. Hamilton
-- In Response to Democrats' Senior Health Care Campaign Announcement --

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - In reviewing the "Take Care of Our Seniors Plan" introduced by Virginia Democrats today in Rocky Mount, Delegate Phillip Hamilton (R-Newport News) chairman of the Health, Welfare & Institutions Committee and Health & Human Resources subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on behalf of Speaker Howell and House Republicans:

"This plan is positive affirmation of the Republican initiatives that have been successfully implemented over the past several years.

In 2007, it was Republicans who included an additional $1.0 million for home delivered meals.

It was Republicans who initiated and expanded the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and added $250,000 in the budget for a PACE location in Northern Virginia.

It was Republican legislation that added education, housing and transportation services to the list of long-term care services for Virginians in need of these services.

It was Republican legislation that created the Long-term Care Partnership Program (HB 759, 2006) and the 15% tax credit (HB 786, 2006) for the purchase of long-term care insurance.

"Virginia Republicans have a proactive and positive record for improving the quality of life for Virginia's elderly and disabled citizens. At no time have Republicans indicated that this progress had addressed all of the health care issues facing the Commonwealth. Republicans already have and will continue to propose innovative initiatives to improve the quality of life and health care throughout the Commonwealth."

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