Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
WHEREAS, Michigan's Medicaid program covers long-term care benefits including nursing facility services, home- and community-based waiver services, personal care services, private duty nursing and hospice; and,
WHEREAS, citizens age 60 and older represent 18 percent of Michigan's total population, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state's population of citizens age 65 and older will increase by nearly 70 percent by 2030; and,
WHEREAS, as Michigan's aging population grows at an unprecedented rate and continues to live longer than at any time in our history, we raise awareness of long-term care matters in Michigan and encourage citizens to recognize the importance of planning for future health care needs;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2011 as Long-Term Care Awareness Month in Michigan.