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California Budget could
Nursing Homes, drive
[Jul 20, 2009] NPR
(National Public Radio) reports that
California's $26.3 billion budget deficit is
marginalizing seniors who rely on California
state-provided health care and service to
help them manage their lives.
"One endangered program is in-home support
services for more than 400,000 elderly and
disabled. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has
proposed cutting those services for all but
the most severe cases, which could force
many who are now independent to move into
nursing homes. ...
Flora Mae King of San Bernadino turned 102
last Sunday. She lives alone in a senior
apartment complex, relying on state-funded,
in-home support for shopping and help around
Now, as California nears a decision on
budget cuts to clear up a multi-billion
dollar deficit, her in-home support will be
cut and she will have to move into a nursing
home" (Diamante, 7/19).
The cuts could also bring higher costs to
the system as the elimination of home and
adult day care could push recipients into
more expensive programs,
The Los Angeles Times reports.
"The governor's plan to take away such care
is meant to save money. But it could end up
costing California more by forcing the
85-year-old (Irene Steinlage), who has
Parkinson's, osteoporosis and other ailments
-- and thousands like her -- into nursing
officials say tax hikes would further damage
the economy, push revenue down and drive
businesses and entrepreneurs out of the
state, in addition to forcing California to
reduce services even further."
says California can no longer afford to
provide services that are far more generous
than other states offer, The Los Angeles
Times reports (Rothfeld and Halper, 7/19).