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Presidential Candidate Buttigieg Proposes Increasing In-Home Care Access for Seniors

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2019 1:14 PM

Last week, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, revealed his plans to provide older adults access to long-term care, including in-home care.  However, no cost was outlined for his plan. 

“It’s not easy or cheap to age these days,” Buttigieg noted in his plan. “On average, it costs more than $50,000 a year to employ a home health aide to cook meals, manage medication, or help with bathing. These financial expenses are expected to increase as the over-65 population grows. This makes the need for a system to help Americans plan for and manage these costs even more urgent.”

Overall, the plan calls for a caregiver training program, the development of online marketplaces and job broads, increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour and the creation of a community renewal visa for immigrant caregivers.

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