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Lt. Governor Calls For More Money For Seniors Care
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(Providence-AP) -- Seniors are calling on the state to lift a freeze on community health care subsidies. They want money to meet expected demand from more seniors expected to enroll in community care.

Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty claims the state will end up paying tens of thousands of dollars more if the freeze on the community program is maintained.

The state Department of Elderly Affairs proposed the freeze, to meet Governor Carcieri's call for savings across state government. D-E-A director Adelita Orefice says the program needs an additional 250-thousand dollars to meet expected demand.

About one-thousand, 450 seniors are in the community care program. The state closed the program in October to new enrollees.

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