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Updated: April 22, 2013 12:13PM



On March 8, the Illinois Department of Aging notified providers that funding for the Community Care Program would lapse on March 15. Unless the Legislature acts to provide a supplemental appropriation to cover the remainder of the fiscal year, about 80,000 Illinois seniors will be endangered.

The Community Care Program allows recipients to live independently in their homes and communities by providing home care workers to assist with household chores, shopping and personal care.

Without this necessary assistance, many of those receiving home care may be forced to move into Medicaid-funded nursing homes at four or five times greater cost to the state. The personal cost of having to give up independence cannot be measured.

The Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers has sent a letter to state legislators, urging them to pass a supplemental appropriation to save the CCP from financial ruin. They warn that without it, many of their members will not be able to continue services.

This will have drastic impact on the lives of our most vulnerable citizens and also the workers who care for them. The CCP has proven to be a very cost-effective program. It saves the state millions every year. The Legislature needs to act quickly.

Emily Byrd

Chicago

Retirement blues

If you are a senior citizen who retired before 2008, the following probably happened to you:

1. The investments you had in IRA and 401(k) accounts lost about 40 percent.

2. The value of the house you bought and paid for dropped in half.

3. Your property tax bill went up anyway.

4. The life savings you have left after all that happened yield less than 1 percent interest.

5. Gasoline prices went way up.

6. Grocery prices keep rising.

7. Your income (if you still have one) does not go up.

But, you know, you are the lucky ones. You grew up and lived a great life in a country in which you were free to succeed or fail on your own. You didn’t always succeed, but you had a helluva good time trying.

Bill Fischer

Orland Park

Feuding GOP aiding Obama

If the Republicans want to win at the mid-term elections and the 2016 presidential election, they better learn how to “play nice” together.

Their different factions are against Obama and his liberal, socialistic agendas, but those factions also loath each other. How stupid.

The Republicans better find a way toward more unity or not only will they lose upcoming elections, they will help Obama as he tries to achieve during his second term his obvious objective of turning our once-great country into “Greece West.”

Bob Schaack

Oak Forest



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