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Al White for state Senate

Claudia Alexander-Smith
Gypsum, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

As a member of the committee to develop an assisted living facility in Eagle County, I have had the opportunity to learning about PACE, Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly, at the end of last year. Offering an exceptional alternative to an assisted living facility, the executive staff from the Denver PACE did open the possibility of developing a center in Eagle County. At that time in order to expand this program into Colorado’s Rural Areas, reimbursement of their program was 5 percent less than other Medicaid programs in the state and asked me to contact Al White.

On Feb. 25 I e-mailed Al White, a member of the joint budget committee, explaining our desire for a PACE center in Eagle County and how reimbursement was impacting the program’s expansion into rural areas. Never having met Al, I was very impressed, and certainly surprised, when his return e-mail arrived the following day asking pertinent questions about the reimbursement. We exchanged e-mails, questions and answers for the next few weeks. Al White researched the problem and put the financial model to a test to determine if it was feasible to increase the Medicaid reimbursement for this program. He learned that doing so it would save a great deal of money for the state of Colorado. Al White did bring about equality of Medicaid reimbursement for PACE and similar programs, within a few months, not only saving the state money, but enabling expansion of their program to Eagle County and other rural areas in Colorado.

Now that I have had the pleasure of meeting Al White, I have found him to be a man of his word, one who works for all of us and who values our wonderful way of life in the mountains and valleys of this district. He has proven his dedication to serving us and to me and to Colorado seniors and their families who will benefit from PACE expansion. His campaign flyers give a phone number and say call him any time, and he means it.



My vote for the State Senate seat is for Al White because I know first hand how well Al represents all of us.

Claudia Alexander-Smith



Gypsum


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