(May 6) – A bill to put additional funding in the Older Coloradans Fund to increase services to seniors passed the House today by a vote of 46 to 19.
SB13-127, sponsored in the House by Rep. Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield), increases the Older Coloradans Fund by $2 million, increasing the total from the general fund from $8 million to $10 million. This will increase services like Meals on Wheels, transportation to doctors’ appointments and visiting nurses for seniors.
“This is a cost-effective way of helping our seniors live in their homes as long as possible and have a higher quality of life,” Rep. Primaveras said.
The core mission of the fund is to allow seniors to age in their own homes as long as possible. There are 16 area agencies on aging throughout the state that allocate this money to local nonprofit service providers. Because of growing waiting lists, there are delays for seniors to receive services.
“There is a growing need and a lag in funding, and this bill will address that,” Rep. Primavera said.