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UCLA Report Finds Governor's Cuts Would Hurt Disabled Seniors

UCLA Report Finds Governor's Cuts Would Hurt Disabled Seniors
A new analysis finds the governor's budget would cause most disabled seniors to lose the services that allow them to live independently. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says about a half million seniors would be affected statewide.

A new analysis finds the governor's budget would cause most disabled seniors to lose the services that allow them to live independently. The U-C-L-A Center for Health Policy Research says about a half million seniors would be affected statewide.

Governor Schwarzenegger wants to cut more than $950 million from California's In-Home Supportive Services program. He also wants to slash Adult Day Health Care services.

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UCLA's Dr. Steven Wallace says nearly 14,000 seniors in San Diego County would feel the impact. He says 95 percent of older adults living alone would lose their in-home care.

"Similarly, 90 percent of those who have some kind of cognitive impairment like Alzheimer's or dementia would lose their services," Wallace says. "Ninety percent of those who can't get food on their own would lose any help."

The governor maintains the cuts are designed to protect those with the highest level of disability. Wallace says that's just not true.

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