Sen. Felag honored with AARP Capitol Caregiver Award
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Walter S. Felag (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) was honored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) with the organization’s Capitol Caregiver Award for his sponsorship, support, and passage of the RI Livable Home Modification Grant at a ceremony held at the State House on Tuesday.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive recognition for legislation we worked so hard to get passed. The AARP was an instrumental partner in crafting this bill that will help so many of our elderly residents stay in their homes and it was a pleasure working with this great organization to help and protect our senior citizens,” said Senator Felag.
Senator Felag’s legislation (2018-S 2554Aaa) allows eligible homeowners and renters to retrofit their residence to nationally recognized accessibility standards and receive 50 percent of the total sum spent, up to $5,000, to retrofit their existing residence.
“The act is aimed at helping Rhode Island’s aging population stay safely in their homes longer rather than over burdening the state’s nursing homes, which costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year in Medicaid costs. With the state’s aging population rising each year, there is a distinct need for housing that is safe and adapted to the needs of the elderly,” said Senator Felag.
Sen. Walter S. Felag, right, with AARP RI State Director Kathleen Connell, left, accepting the 2019 Capitol Caregiver Award
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903