OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Tom Gann this week co-authored legislation to protect senior citizens and the disabled who receive assistance through the Department of Human Services (DHS).
House Bill 1073 would require DHS to fully fund the Advantage Home and Community-based Waiver Program that allows aging adults to be cared for in their homes instead of having to move to nursing homes. It also would require full funding for senior nutrition programs and for Developmental Disability Service Programs. Ensuring these programs are fully funded at the state level also ensures they receive federal matching funds.
“There are other savings that DHS could realize other than cutting programs for vulnerable senior citizens and the disabled,” said Gann, R-Inola. “This bill will ensure taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately to protect our most vulnerable citizens. If DHS needs assistance finding other areas in which they could find efficiencies, I and other conservative lawmakers stand ready to help them.”
Gann said he supports agency auditing, which will help find areas of waste and duplication to help tighten state spending. He also will continue to pursue a two-year budget cycle that will give lawmakers additional time to study agency budget requests and spending.
Tom Gann serves Oklahoma House District 8. He can be reached by phone at (405) 557-7364 or by email at email@example.com.