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PENNSYLVANIA WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAVES $9 MILLION THROUGH HOME-BASED CARE PROGRAM

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- State Public Welfare Secretary Karen F. Snider today said Pennsylvania saved more than $9 million last year through a federally approved program for children who receive medical care at home rather than in hospitals.
 The program provides eligible sick children with up to 16 hours of home nursing care a day, case management, and medically necessary equipment and supplies.
 "This program enables sick children to receive the care they need in their homes and with their families," Snider said. "The other plus is that the Commonwealth saved an estimated $114,000 last year for each child who received these services."
 More than $11 million was budgeted for the program in 1991-92 to serve 80 children who otherwise would have required long-term hospital or nursing home treatment.
 The welfare department has approval from the Health Care Financing Administration to continue the program through June 30, 1995.
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