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March 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Baker officials outline MassHealth savings plan
This week, officials from Governor Charlie Baker’s administration described how they intend to produce $761 million in savings from MassHealth to address the state’s budget shortfall. Some 65% of the savings will come from a “cash management” strategy that pushes “$456 million in payments to the next fiscal year.” Savings will also come from moving ineligible individuals off MassHealth.  Baker’s plan, which does not include significant benefit cuts, limits MassHealth spending increases to 5.6% for the year.

“Aging in place” could make Boston a better place to grow old …
Although Boston has long been considered a top place for elders to live, Mayor Marty Walsh says the city has room for improvement. The “Village Movement,” an effort to promote “aging in place” that has been implemented in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, could be a catalyst for these improvements. Using private funds, aging in place programs provide extra community support to keep individuals out of nursing homes and other facilities.

… but some don’t think “aging in place” is always the right choice
Some experts think elders aren’t necessarily better off staying at home. They say that aging in place can cause some seniors to “hunker down in a house that is no longer physically easy to navigate, expensive to maintain, and inconveniently located to meet a person’s daily needs such as grocery shopping or doctors.” What’s more, “the neighbors and friends who once made it an attractive home may also have moved away or died, leaving them isolated.”

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