Capital & Main: Careless: How Governor Brown Is Harming California’s Seniors and Disabled — and the People Who Care for Them

Illustration: Lalo Alcaraz

By Gary Cohn January 22, 2014 in California Expose  Andrea Vidales makes $9 an hour taking care of a blind Korean War veteran and an elderly couple in their Merced County homes. Under California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, she spends about 60 hours every week bathing her clients, preparing their meals, cleaning house, paying their bills, driving them to … Continue reading

N4A: Squeezing Seniors – Aging Community Fears National Crisis as a Result of Federal Budget Cuts

N4A - Squeezing seniors

Click here to see the report done by N4A regarding the fears the aging community has as a result of federal budget cuts with state snap shots:  n4a_SequesterSurveyReport_FINAL

CDCAN: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVES CALIFORNIA PROPOSAL UNDER NEW “COMMUNITY FIRST CHOICE OPTION” MEDICAID PROGRAM – MAJOR IMPACT TO MANY LONG TERM SERVICES INCLUDING IHSS

California Budget Crisis: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVES CALIFORNIA’S “COMMUNITY FIRST CHOICE OPTION” PROPOSAL THAT WILL BRING $573 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL NEW MEDICAID FUNDING ·         Funding Will Cover Much of the Existing In-Home Supportive Services Program Retroactive to December 1, 2011 – State Budget Already Assumed Approval and Savings ·         Provides for 56% Federal Match Instead of Existing 50% … Continue reading

SacBee: California reaches deep into special funds to pay for schools, prisons, social services

By Kevin Yamamura kyamamura@sacbee.com Published: Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A California drivers pay fees for smog checks, vehicle registrations and new tires, all supposedly for programs that benefit roadway use. Consumers pay fees to recycle beverage containers, televisions and computers. Doctors and accountants pay license fees to regulate their industries. But for more … Continue reading

California Healthline: State Defends Timeline for Implementing Calif. Health Benefit Exchange

At a Business Journal panel on Thursday, state officials defended the timeline for implementing the California Health Benefit Exchange under the federal health reform law, the Sacramento Business Journal reports (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 8/2). Background The federal health reform law requires states to launch online insurance marketplaces by 2014. The California Health Benefit Exchange primarily will serve individuals and … Continue reading

CDCAN – Senate Budget Subcommittee Approves Brown Administration’s $200 Million Proposal for Developmental Services Savings and Reductions With Changes Recommended by Subcommittee Staff

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES BROWN ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSAL TO ACHIEVE $200 MILLION IN REDUCTIONS & SAVINGS IN STATE GENERAL FUND SPENDING TO DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES Approves Proposed Budget Legislative Language to Implement Proposal with Subcommittee Staff Recommended Changes No Action Yet On Governor’s Proposal To Include Additional Full Year $100 Million In State General Fund Spending Reduction … Continue reading

CDCAN – Proposed IHSS Recipient 7% Across-the-Board Reduction Budget “Trailer Bill” Language Released by Brown Administration

PROPOSED IHSS RECIPIENT 7% ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT BUDGET LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE RELEASED TODAY BY BROWN ADMINISTRATION IHSS, Developmental Services and CalWORKS Budget Issues On May 22nd Agenda of Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN) [Last updated 05/17/2012 08:00 PM] – The Brown Administration released today proposed budget related language – referred … Continue reading

Capitol Desk – Expansion of Safety Net Sparks Debate

by David Gorn The 17 health care clinics run by the Molina Medical Group, which care for many low-income patients, should qualify as safety net providers in California, according to the group’s owners. AB 2002 by Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) would redefine the state’s process for establishing Medi-Cal safety net providers to allow centers like … Continue reading

LAO – The 2012-13 Budget: In-Home Supportive Services Budget Update

Summary The In–Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program—administered at the state level by the Department of Social Services (DSS)—provides in–home care for persons who cannot safely remain in their own homes without such assistance. Since 2009–10, the IHSS program has experienced significant budget–related changes intended to achieve General Fund savings. These program changes have included such … Continue reading

CDCAN – Olmstead Advisory Committee Member Roster (Corrected) – Scheduled to Convene March 29 10 AM – Disability-Mental Health-Senior Rights Advises Secretary Dooley on Olmstead Implementation in CA

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.

Olmstead Advisory Committee Member Roster (Corrected) – Key Advisory Committee on Disability, Mental Health & Seniors Rights to CA Health and Human Services Secretary Dooley Will Meet March 29th SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN) [Last updated 03/21/2012 01:56 PM] – A corrected version of the members of a key advisory group to California Health and Human Services … Continue reading

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