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New Brunswick government drops plan to consider savings in nursing home rates

MONCTON, N.B. — The New Brunswick government is backing away from a plan to consider seniors savings in determining nursing home rates.

The Liberal government says it won't move ahead with a system that includes the assets of wealthier seniors when deciding their ability to pay for care.

Premier Brian Gallant and Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers also say the province has dropped a plan to raise the daily cost cap for nursing home care.

The proposed changes to the nursing home policy were announced in the last budget and were met with stiff opposition from seniors groups.

The Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents Rights accused the Liberals of breaking a campaign promise with the proposals.

Rogers says New Brunswick still faces difficulties providing service to its aging population and it will create a strategy in consultation with seniors groups.

The Canadian Press

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