Massachusetts bills may become national role model

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States may soon be looking to Massachusetts as a model for long-term care legislation. The state Senate recently passed two bills that address the future healthcare needs of the baby boom generation.

One bill creates a pilot program to promote long-term care insurance to state employees. It mandates tax incentives for the state and consumer protection standards.

Another bill gives income-eligible seniors a choice of receiving institutional or in-home care. It calls for pre-screening of seniors to determine the best setting for their care. Both measures were sent to the House for debate. The bills are an effort to protect the state's Medicaid budget from the overwhelming costs associated with the aging baby boomers.