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August 26, 2004

Albany- The state is already looking at cuts that may reduce or eliminate benefits to thousands of low-income women and children.

Elderly Georgians have already been hit with Medicare cuts this year. Now they may not be the only ones. The state is looking at millions of dollars in cuts to Peachcare for Kids, which insures many Georgia children.

"And to have a proposal this week to cap that program and say no more kids can be covered when we know people are still moving to Georgia, families are growing in Georgia. It's just very, very disappointing," said Lt. Governor Mark Taylor.

Governor Sonny Perdue has already said there won't be any new money in January when the Legislature typically adopts a midyear spending bill.

Medicare cuts aren't the only problems the elderly are facing. Many are victims of elder abuse.

Thursday night, SOWEGA Council on Aging's Ombudsman Program sponsored a night at the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Along with good music, groups that work with the elderly told how their programs work. There was also information legal protection needed for elderly.

"They're in the golden years of their lives and they're last years should be their best years and we should do whatever we can to make sure they're protected and cherished," said Congressman Sanford Bishop, (D) Albany.

Bishop spoke to the crowd on the Elderly Justice Act that is before Congress right now.

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