AUGUSTA (AP) — State reimbursement for home care workers would go up under a bill endorsed by the Maine Legislature.

The bill would use federal money to provide $4 million for increased reimbursements to home care workers and community-based services.

Supporters say the bill is designed to ultimately help Maine’s senior citizens and disabled residents. They say the increased state reimbursement will increase pay for home and community care workers, which will improve recruitment and retention efforts for those workers.

The money pays for increased wages, benefits and travel.

The Senate gave the bill final approval on Thursday. It now heads to Gov. Paul LePage’s desk.

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