- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill to establish resource centers for Nebraska’s aging and disabled residents has advanced through first-round debate in the Nebraska Legislature.

Senators voted 27-0 Tuesday on a pilot program introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln. The bill would create centers to assist elderly and disabled residents and their caregivers who are navigating myriad services for long-term, in-home care.

Advocates say the measure would save Nebraska money by streamlining services and keeping elderly or disabled residents who wish to live independently safe and out of costly state facilities.

The measure would fund three centers to provide counseling on issues like public transportation, home care providers and public benefits. Evaluations will be presented to lawmakers in 2016 and upon the program’s completion in 2018.

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The bill is LB320

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