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Half-million low-income elderly affected by sweeping cuts to state safety net
Date:10/1/2009

injunction Sept. 11 preventing California from cutting services until its poor, elderly and disabled clients are provided other Medi-Cal services to prevent their institutionalization. However, many of the seniors who patronize these centers will still endure cuts to their SSI checks.

"It means the meal seniors get at an adult day health care center may be the only meal of the day," Wallace said. "They won't have the income they need to pay for all of their basic necessities."

The cuts to long-term care programs that support the low-income or disabled elderly are expected to shave about $500 million from California's budget. However, Wallace said the cuts may ultimately have the reverse effect, by forcing seniors further into poverty and, ultimately, forcing some into Medi-Cal supported nursing homes.

"As a state, we have two choices," Wallace said. "We can either help seniors live with dignity in their own homes, or we can reduce them to destitution and force them into nursing homes. Either way, the state of California is going to pick up the tab."


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Contact: Gwen Driscoll
gdriscoll@ucla.edu
310-794-0930
University of California - Los Angeles
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