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Hawaii could be 1st to start long-term care elderly benefit

By MARINA RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are introducing a bill that could make the state the first in the nation to offer long-term care benefits to seniors.

Democratic Sen. Rosalyn Baker said during a legislative hearing Thursday that the bill would provide eligible seniors with a benefit of $70 per day for a year.

The seniors could use the benefit to pay family caregivers, hire in-home aides and help offset the cost of safety equipment, like walkers and ramps.

The bill would ask for a 0.5 percent increase in Hawaii's general excise tax to cover the costs. The tax is about 4 percent and it's added to most business transactions in the state.

University of Hawaii political professor Lawrence Nitz says about 25 percent of the tax revenue comes from visitors.

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