Senator Kelly Helps Advance Bipartisan “Aging in Place” Bill

April 19, 2012

Hartford – State Senator Kevin C. Kelly (R-21) applauded the bipartisan vote in favor of Senate Bill 138, An Act Establishing A Task Force To Study “Aging In Place,” by the State Senate on Thursday, April 19th.

“Today marks an important first step toward improving the lives of seniors throughout our state,” said Senator Kevin Kelly. “I am hopeful that the House of Representatives will now take a vote to ultimately pass this legislation.”

S.B. 138 would establish a task force to study how the state can encourage aging in place. This study would focus on infrastructure and transportation improvements, zoning changes to encourage home care, improving nutrition programs and delivery options, strengthened fraud and abuse protections, expanding opportunities for home medical care, tax incentives, and other incentives for private insurance.

“This task force would pave the way for future improvements in home care and other senior services,” continued Senator Kelly. “Aging in place enables seniors to remain in their homes and receive quality care. From a human and fiscal standpoint, this is a common sense proposal that could set our state apart by providing better care for our seniors.”

The bill passed the State Senate by a vote of 35-0 and will now be sent to the House of Representatives for a final vote.