For Immediate Release
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Mary Rita Luecke Condemns Governor’s Veto of Legislation Ensuring Adequate Support at Home for Frail Older Adults
Skokie -- Gov. Bruce Rauner quietly vetoed legislation Friday that would ensure ongoing access to necessary home care services through the Community Care Program. The program serves frail older Illinois residents who would otherwise need nursing home placements. Mary Rita Luecke condemns the governor for this cold-hearted and unnecessary action.
Luecke, a Democratic candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives in the 17th District, is calling on the General Assembly to override the veto.
“I know how important these services are to families. Our grandmother lived with our family for 18 months. We could not have managed that without the benefit of help from her personal care assistants. Older adults with lesser means should have the same opportunity to stay in their homes.
The Community Care Program is much less expensive than providing care in nursing homes.”
More than 20 of the state’s top senior health advocacy organizations supported the Community Care Program legislation passed by the General Assembly in October (fact sheet attached).
“I look forward to being in the General Assembly and working with all stakeholders to find the most efficient and effective way to care for our older adult population, which is growing rapidly. But in the meantime, the program should stay intact.”
Contact: Tom Walsh, Campaign Manager, 224.634.5361