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Policy aimed at aiding elderly may do opposite

A new Brownback administration policy aimed at getting more services to the frail elderly may end up pushing more of them into nursing homes. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services enacted a policy, effective Oct. 1, that prevents the 11 area agencies on aging in Kansas from spending more than 20 percent of their Senior Care Act budgets on case management, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. But case management is key to helping low-income seniors stay in their homes and avoid costly nursing homes. The new policy will mean the area agencies on aging will take on fewer clients, ask their counties for more money or increase their fundraising efforts, Michelle Morgan, president of the Kansas Area Agencies on Aging Association, told KHI News: “We’ll do our best to minimize the effects of all this, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to us.” – Phillip Brownlee