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California Healthline: Poll Finds More Support for GOP Medicare Plan Among Younger Voters

Public polls in recent months have shown that most U.S. residents generally do not favor a GOP proposal to overhaul Medicare, but a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that younger voters are more receptive to the plan than older voters, Kaiser Health News reports (Rau, Kaiser Health News, 9/27). The telephone survey of 1,534 adults was conducted between Sept. … Continue reading

CaliforniaHealthline: GOP’s Official Platform Includes Changes to Medicare, Medicaid

On Tuesday, the Republican Party released its official platform, which includes Medicare and Medicaid proposals similar to those in House Budget Committee Chair and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget plan, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports. Platform Details Specifically, the platform states that the GOP would change Medicare into a partially privatized system, giving seniors the option … Continue reading

California Healthline: Poll: 55% of Voters Back Brown’s Tax Hike Plan; 40% Back Munger’s Plan

California voters continue to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) compromise tax hike initiative, listed as Proposition 30 on the November ballot, over a rival tax hike plan, according to a new poll by PACE/University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, the San Jose Mercury News reports (Harmon, San Jose Mercury News, 8/23). The online poll surveyed 1,041 likely voters from Aug. … Continue reading

CDCAN: SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE APPROVES 10 NEW BUDGET TRAILER BILLS – WILL GO TO SENATE FLOOR & ASSEMBLY FLOOR NEXT WEEK FOR FINAL VOTE

 BILLS MOSTLY CLARIFY BUDGET PROVISIONS PASSED LAST JUNE – BUT SOME IMPACT MAJOR POLICY CHANGES MAJOR POLICY CHANGE REGARDING “MODIFICATION” OF SPECIAL EDUCATION BEHAVIORIAL INTERVENTION MANDATE CLARIFIES THAT NEW DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER ADMISSIONS POLICY APPLIES TO NEW ADMISSIONS – NOT TO EXISTING RESIDENTS CLARIFICATION ON CHANGES MADE TO IHSS PROGRAM LAST JUNE INCLUDING ESTABLISHMENT OF STATEWIDE … Continue reading

Politico: Mitt Romney tries to explain Medicare stance

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaking at the NAACP convention.

Mitt Romney attempted on Thursday to boil down his Medicare plan to a simple explanation: “No change” and “Solvent.” Those were the words he scrawled on a whiteboard at a last-minute news conference in Greer, S.C. this afternoon as he attempted to address questions about whether his plan is identical to that of Paul Ryan’s. … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Game Changer: Biden Guarantees No Changes in Social Security

It’s unclear what effect Romney’s decision to add Rep. Paul Ryan to his ticket will have on his candidacy, if any. But the choice certainly has had a salutary effect on the Obama re-election campaign. Naturally, it sparked a full-throated debate on the infamous Ryan and House Republican plan to turn Medicare into a voucher, and … Continue reading

CA Healthline: L.A. Senior Advocates Stand Up to Budget Cuts

Oct 31- ADHC Rally photo (Photo credit: Steve Lopez)

by Stephanie Stephens, California Healthline Regional Correspondent LOS ANGELES — Earlier this month when Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced cuts of $2.5 billion to health and human services programs, advocates for low- income, sick, elderly and disabled residents of Los Angeles County acknowledged that the first cuts are not always the deepest — or most damaging. … Continue reading

Capitol Desk: Trigger Cuts to IHSS and Put on Hold

Friday, January 20, 2012 by David Gorn Federal judge Claudia Wilken did not mince words yesterday when an attorney representing California asked her if she would issue a stay, to grant the state the right to start implementation of a proposed 20% cut in In-Home Supportive Services. “No, I won’t stay it,” Wilken said of … Continue reading

SCAN Foundation: California’s Proposed 2012-13 Budget: Impact on California’s Seniors and People with Disabilities

Understanding the Problem The governor estimates the General Fund budget deficit at $9.2 billion through the period ending June 30, 2013. Of this estimated deficit, $4.1 billion is attributed to the current 2011-12 fiscal year, and $5.1 billion is attributed to the 2012-13 fiscal year.1,2 In contrast, at this time last year, the Governor’s proposed 2011-12 budget … Continue reading

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