Neb. bill would try to increase elderly at home

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are debating a bill that would have the state apply for a federal grant to increase the number of elderly people living in their own homes.

But senators failed to reach a vote on the measure, and are expected to resume debate on Wednesday.

The measure by Sen. Kate Bolz would direct the state to spend $8.5 million to qualify for $36 in federal aid for existing home and community-based services. Services include adult day care or respite services.

Some lawmakers say they're concerned about the cost. Bolz says she expects the cost of the bill to decrease after a review of the bill on Friday.

The bill would also create a task force to examine the needs of the state's aging population.

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The bill is LB690

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