Lawmakers to learn about elderly abuse cases

MONTPELIER — Vermont lawmakers are going to be getting an update on efforts to eliminate a backlog of investigations of cases of abuse of elderly and disabled Vermonters.
The state’s Adult Protective Services is being sued by Vermont Legal Aid over big backlogs in investigating abuse and exploitation cases. The lawsuit claims the delays put lives at risk.
State officials claim they’re making progress in eliminating the backlog.
The Legislature’s Health Access and Oversight committee will be learning about issues, including an update on efforts to implement information technology systems that will be needed as the state moves toward a single-payer health care system.

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