- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas state agency says an action taken by a legislative committee would devastate in-home services for the disabled and their providers.

Spokeswoman Angela de Rocha said Wednesday that the state Department for Aging and Disability Services would be forced to cut rates paid to providers of in-home services by 56 percent through June. In-home services include help with chores or personal care such as bathing to help the disabled stay in their homes.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday removed $42 million from the agency’s current budget before approving a bill that would keep the budget balanced through June.

Committee members said they need more details about how the money would be spent and intend to add dollars back later when they have more information.

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