Frail, poor seniors could lose services under proposed cut

Monday, May 19th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Proposed cuts in state spending next year mean some of Oklahoma's poorest and most frail seniors will lose health care and social services, at least for a while.

Health Department officials don't know exactly how many seniors will be affected.

The elderly can currently get the Department of Human Service's Advantage program at county health departments. That will change on July 1st when the county departments stop providing those services. The services will continue to be provided by agencies such as local council's on government and the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing.

The change is due to state budget cuts.

Health officials say about a thousand people will have to find another provider for the services, but that will be difficult in rural areas.