By Robin Erb of Bridge Magazine

Shifting public funds from nursing homes to home- and community-based care services will do more than offer Michigan’s seniors independence. It may protect them against COVID-19.

It’s one of the conclusions in a new report on inequalities facing Michigan residents over 50, written by AARP Michigan and Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing-based policy research firm.

For the 23-page report, “Disrupt Disparities 2.0.,” authors compiled data and research from multiple sources to build a case that long-term economic, social and racial inequalities disproportionately exposed Michigan’s seniors, especially minorities, to COVID-19 as it swept through the state.

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