DHHS set to get big money to help feed seniors

courtesy of Mlive.com 06 JULY 2009 Travis "Duke" Stewart II, 74, eats his Meals of Wheels for lunch at his home on Egleston Avenue in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood. Stewart is disabled and receives a meal everyday. Mark Bugnaski / Kalamazoo Gazette

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A struggling program that helps seniors eat will be getting a big boost in funding if a $25 billion budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is approved.

That budget just cleared a Senate committee and will now move on to the Senate floor.

In addition to giving $5 million more to nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels, the budget would also create a new adult dental initiative, expand Medicaid dental care for kids and give nurses who care for homebound kids a raise the first in 25 years.

This budget proposal is about $6 billion more than last years.

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