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Sequester to Hit Elderly Oct. 1

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Mike Lang
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Agencies that depend on funding under the Older Americans Act of 1965 face millions more in automatic cuts come Oct. 1 unless Congress acts to stop the funding reductions from the sequester, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. The sequester has already reduced funding by $87 million to programs that help seniors stay in their homes instead of turning to institutionalized care; that amount is set to double. Meanwhile, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill  Nelson has proposed increasing the funding to keep up with inflation and the growing aging population.