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Task forces issues recommendations to fix Community Care Program

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MURPHYSBORO -- The state's community care program, which helps the elderly live at home and avoid nursing homes, could run out of money in the next decade, according to state lawmakers.

A task force assigned to deal with the problem has put out some recommendations to keep that from happening.

State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) is on that task force. She expects a big jump in the number of people utilizing the program over the next decade.

"About 80,000 new Illinoisans are going to be eligible for the CCP program," Bryant said. "As you already know, we struggle to fund the program as it is."

Bryant said people who are Medicaid eligible won't be affected much by the recommendations, but those who aren't could be put into a different program called the Community Reinvestment Program.

That program could require means testing and participants to pay into the service.

"If we don't take a proactive approach to this in the next decade, we won't be able to care for anyone in their home," Bryant said. "So the main thing is we don't want to push someone into a nursing home before they want to go simply because we can't provide for their care at home."

Bryant expects lawmakers to address the recommendations when they return to Springfield.

News 3 has reached out to SEIU, the union representing home health care workers. We are waiting for a response.

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