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How the PA Healthy Initiative Affects Seniors

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The Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Aging Visited Erie's Senior Center on Wednesday to let seniors know how the state's new "Healthy Pennsylvania" initiative will directly affect them.

A new 2014 budget allocates an additional $50 million dollars towards older Pennsylvanians, specifically to spend on home and community-based services.

An additional $18 million will go towards helping seniors with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

This funding is to improve both the availability and quality of care, and to help with costs.

"We are going to use this money to help reduce waiting lists for older citizens," said Brian M. "Duke, the Secretary of the Department of Aging. "This is the single largest investment to older Pennsylvanians since the department of aging was founded."

Duke said that the state's 52 senior centers should feel the impact soon - funding will be released in early October.

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