State Ending Participation In Popular Life Care Program

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is bailing out of a popular program designed to help the ill and elderly live in their homes instead of having to enter a nursing home or other health care facility.

The program, called Life Care, provides a home health care attendant based on the needs of the recipient. A spokesperson for the ADPH says the state can no longer afford to participate in the program. Judy Smith tells WHNT News 19 each of the program's participants are being given referrals so they can still obtain the service, but from a private provider.

Smith says private companies are able to provide the same service at a lower cost. She is also working with approximately 120 home care attendants in the six-county area she supervises to help them find work elsewhere.

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