Governor Bredesen made a stop in Knoxville Tuesday to mark the signing of the Long-Term Care Community Choices Act of 2008.
The new bill will enable those who qualify for Tenncare, the ability to stay in their homes and receive home health assistance for a greater length of time.
It also expands alternatives to nursing homes for elderly and physically disabled residents.
It allows $1.2 Billion in Tenncare funds to be divided between nursing homes and other home and community-based providers.
Governor Bredesen says, "I think for families this just means some options and some choice, for older people wanting to stay at home, children and grandchildren who are trying to do the best for them and trying to keep them at home if they can, we're gonna give them a lot more options."
By the time the governor signed the bill into passage, virtually every member of the general assembly had signed on in support.