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California Budget Cuts Fray the Long-Term Safety Net

October 1, 2009

Policy Brief

Authors: Steven P. Wallace, PhD, A.E. Benjamin, PhD, Valentine M. Villa, PhD, Nadereh Pourat, PhD

This policy brief examines the likely effects of the sweeping 2009 cuts to California's safety-net programs for low-income and disabled seniors. Specifically, it examines reductions in programs that help disabled seniors remain safely at home, including the Supplemental Security Income, In-Home Supportive Services, Adult Day Health Care and other programs. Among the findings: researchers found that up to half a million seniors will have their incomes reduced by the cuts and tens of thousands will lose some or all of their in-home supportive services. The research is based on program data, published research and interviews with key informants in the health and government services sectors.

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