California Healthline: Bill To Extend Adult Day Program OK’d

by David Gorn

A state Senate committee this week unanimously approved a measure to extend the end date of the adult day health care program as a Medi-Cal benefit in California.

Adult day care is offered through the Community Based Adult Services program as a Medi-Cal benefit. Created as part of a settlement of a lawsuit, the CBAS program was included in a Medicaid waiver granted California by CMS. The bill approved this week by the Senate Committee on Health would permanently extend that “Bridge to Reform” Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver.

AB 1552 by Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) keeps adult day health care going, which keeps seniors and the disabled from expensive institutional care, according to Lowenthal.

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