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Critics Say Governor’s Cuts Will Hurt the Elderly and Disabled

— Advocates for the elderly say they're baffled and angry over Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to eliminate funding for adult day care services. Advocates say these programs are a low-cost way to enable the elderly and the disabled to live at home.

More than 325 facilities in California provide daycare services for chronically ill seniors and adults who are mentally disabled. These centers offer meals, skilled nursing care, and transportation to and from home.

Luba Vaisman is with Casa Pacifica, an adult day healthcare center in Otay Mesa. She doesn't understand why the governor wants to eliminate her program.

"Why? Why people who cannot speak for themselves should suffer," Vaisman wonders. "What they gonna do? Where they gonna be? In a nursing home, that costs much more than we do?"

Governor Schwarzenegger says the cut would save $117 million a year. Critics say more expensive nursing home care for thousands of people would wipe out those savings.

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Kim | June 4, 2009 at 4:02 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

We cannot eliminate Adult Day Health Care as a Medi-Cal benefit. These centers are a cost effective alternative to hospitalization. The people using these services are elderly and disabled adults with two or more chronic conditions. They have to go through a rigorous intake process and meet strict medical necessity requirements to be accepted into the program. The people who attend these centers want what we all want, to be independent and to not be a burden on our families or state. Adult Day Health provides the daytime, skilled medical care needed to live in the community for a fraction of the cost of hospitalization. Many of the people participating in Adult Day Health have outlived their friends and spouses and have a limited support system. Without these vital services, they will literally have no place to go. I agree we need to get our house in order, but throwing out our most vulnerable population is not the right course of action.

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