Oklahoma's tax receipts are significantly higher than in the past few years. The Legislature and the governor have an opportunity to increase the long-overdue reimbursement rate to long-term and community care providers who serve seniors. With no increase in funding for the long-term and community care providers, many of these organizations will be compelled to reduce the services they provide to the aged and disadvantaged, or will go out of business altogether, further handicapping the ability of seniors to find quality services. The state must work with the federal government, which will more than match dollar for dollar spent on long-term and community care programs. I don't know of any other program Oklahoma can invest in to improve the quality of life for seniors and the disadvantaged.
George Gibbs, Tulsa