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New push for more health home services support

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The senior citizen population is expected to double in the next two decades, meaning there will be a great need for more home health caretakers.

Now some lawmakers are trying to support the expanding service.

New legislation would make long-term home health care services more affordable and accessible in communities across the country.

Experts say many elderly people prefer home care and it can even save them money.

"Most people prefer to stay in their own homes if they can. It can also be more cost effective for someone to someone to stay in their own home versus moving into a nursing home setting, but without supportive services or help with basic activities with daily living some people won't be able to stay at home," said Carelink president Cathy Meckes.

The legislation has been introduced in the U-S House and Senate, but so far, no action has been taken.

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