Harrisburg, PA – Lawmakers are working on a bill that would make some slight changes to how people can be eligible for homecare services instead of going into a nursing home first.

Rep. Matt Gabler has been one of the people working on House Bill 51.

He says, under the current law, people who have need for Medicare homecare services might have to first go to a nursing home to apply for the homecare, even though they might not need to go into a nursing home first at all.

Gabler says it will not only save taxpayers money, but it will keep people at home where they are more comfortable and can heal in a familiar environment.

The bill has yet to be voted on, but final passage is expected sometime in March.

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Topics discussed in this week’s program include:

Good Jobs for PA Initiative – Package of Bills to Train Workers for Jobs in Need of Skilled Labor

New Do Not Call Legislation Passed by House

Legislation to Help People Stay Out of Nursing Homes – Deemed Eligibility in Home Care