Senior Partnership Launches Statewide Ad Campaign Aimed at Reversing Proposed Elimination of Vital Senior Program
February 16, 2011 - Press Release
Governor’s Budget Proposal to Eliminate Adult Day Health Care Program Would Impact over 37,000 Seniors and Disabled Adults
“Californians need to be made aware that the Brown Administration intends to toss tens of thousands of seniors out onto the street or force them into more expensive nursing homes,” said Castulo de la Rocha, President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services, one of
According to the Governor’s budget proposal, elimination of the ADHC program would save the state about $177 million. However, the governor’s budget proposal grossly undercounts the number of program participants and does not provide for the potential cost shift associated with moving seniors into more expensive state-paid skilled nursing facilities at five times the cost of Adult Day Health Care.
“While we understand the need to resolve
A study prepared last year by The Lewin Group, a nationally recognized health care research firm, reported that elimination of the ADHC program would result in an immediate cost to the state of $51 million, an amount projected to increase significantly as the aging baby boomer population rapidly expands over the next decade and the need for services such as Adult Day Health Centers increase. The Lewin study also concluded that at least 40 percent of the 37,000 ADHC program participants would require transfer to a skilled nursing facility within the first 6 months of the program’s termination.
“The patients served by ADHC programs are determined by the state to need ongoing medical care,” said Gary Passmore, Director for the Congress of California Seniors. “There is no comparable medically supervised daytime care program under Medi-Cal for this population, many of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s diabetes, mental illness or are developmentally disabled. The end result will be a nursing home or hospitalization.”
Every state has some form of a Medicaid-reimbursed ADHC program that provides services to seniors and the disabled community. If
“We believe this proposal will move
The California Senior Partnership includes the California Association for Adult Day Services (CAADS), Southern California-based AltaMed Health Services, AARP, Congress of California Seniors, Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition, and the Adult Day Healthcare Association.
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