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Senior Care Provisions Drive Support for Biden Spending Plan

Dec. 7, 2021, 9:43 PM

A host of aging services providers on Tuesday called on the U.S. Senate to quickly pass—without major changes—the Build Back Better legislation already passed by the House.

The social spending legislation (H.R. 5376) includes numerous provisions designed to improve the quality of life for seniors, including expansion of Medicaid’s home and community-based care (HCBS) program by roughly $150 billion over 10 years.

The legislation would also provide funding for affordable housing for low-income older adults and help increase the professional caregiver workforce that seniors depend on. It would provide hearing benefits under Medicare for the first time and ...

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