Wolf offers plan to bring health care to seniors at home

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference Friday in Philadelphia where he announced budget initiatives and actions to allow more seniors to continue living in their homes as they age. The plan includes boosting the state's home care workforce. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference Friday in Philadelphia where he announced budget initiatives and actions to allow more seniors to continue living in their homes as they age. The plan includes boosting the state's home care workforce. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Pennsylvania’s new governor visited Philadelphia Friday to unveil a plan to help seniors age in place.

Gov. Tom Wolf says his plan will streamline the process for acquiring health care at home, covering seniors as well as those with special needs.

“It’s a paper-based system,” Wolf said. “We’re going to take new technology and move to the point where we can actually respond more quickly in a way citizens actually want us to respond.”

What’s more, Wolf said, his approach will save the state money.

“If we take 5,500 citizens out of institutionalized care and put them in their home, it saves over $2,000 a month for the commonwealth,” he said.

The net savings would add up to about $130,000 a year once the additional costs are factored in.

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