Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services contains "unacceptable cuts that would harm seniors and their families," the executive director of the Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizens Center told a legislative panel Thursday in Frankfort.
The proposed cuts are "very serious" because current funding levels do not meet the needs of center clients now, and cuts would only make it more difficult to provide services, Jackie Sims said in a prepared statement she read to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
"Due to the influx of baby boomers, how will we serve these people and meet their needs when there now are waiting lists for senior citizens centers?" Sims asked, adding that nearly 15,000 seniors across the state are waiting for home care services alone.
Sims argued that full funding for senior citizens centers and other programs whose services enable the elderly to keep living independently saves the state a lot of money.