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Advocates Fear More Cuts to In-Home Support Services

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Aired 8/10/11

State revenues came in half a billion dollars below projections last month. If the trend continues, that could trigger new cuts that include a 20 percent reduction to in-home support hours for the low-income elderly and disabled.

California health advocates are concerned about the possibility of another round of state budget cuts to services for the most vulnerable.

State revenues came in half a billion dollars below projections last month. If the trend continues, that could trigger new cuts that include a 20 percent reduction to in-home support hours for the low-income elderly and disabled.

Deborah Doctor of Disability Rights California said those cuts would affect some 430,000 people.

"It's the same population of poor people with disabilities including seniors who get targeted year after year after year."

Doctor also said the service was already cut this year, and more cuts could lead to more emergency room visits.

The Brown administration remarked that it's too soon to say whether the cuts will be triggered.

That decision will be made in mid-December based on how the state's revenues are shaping up.

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