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Nova Scotia to reduce cost of accommodation for people in long-term care

09/25/2012 11:29 EDT | Updated 11/25/2012 05:12 EST
HALIFAX - Nova Scotia is spending $3 million in order to reduce the cost of accommodation for people in long-term care.

Premier Darrell Dexter announced today that the cost of accommodating one person in long-term care will be based on 40 per cent of a couple's combined income.

It's now based on half of a couple's income.

The provincial government says between 700 and 1,000 couples may benefit from the change over.

The government is also increasing the amount a couple can earn before they have to pay for their accommodation.

The spousal income threshold will increase from $18,064 to $20,000.