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      Bill Intended to Keep Elderly in Own Homes Under Debate

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      Lawmakers have begundebate on a bill that would help boost the number of elderly people able tolive in their own home.

      Senators failed toreach a vote on the measure during discussion on Tuesday but are expected to resume debate on Wednesday.

      The measure woulddirect the state to spend $8.5 million of its own money on servicesintended to help the elderly. This would to qualify the state for a federalgrant of an additional $36 million which would be used to fund existingservices like adult day care or respite services.

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