A federal judge has halted cuts to adult day health care programs for low-income disabled that were cut as part of the state's response to its budget deficit.
Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong ordered the state not to implement pay reductions to a program that provides meals, activities, socialization and health care services to disabled adults because it would cause "irreparable and imminent" harm to participants. In the budget bill, legislators voted to reduce Medi-Cal reimbursement to the program to three visits a week down from five.
“The three-day cap was proposed as a compromise, but what legislators do not realize is that some of these people truly need five days a week. Many need around-the-clock care and their families need to work, otherwise our clients would have to be institutionalized, which would cost the state even more money,” said Southwest Community Health Center Adult Day Services Program Director Susan Beer.
She said with the recent elimination of senior programs at Santa Rosa Junior College and approved cuts to public home care workers, finding alternatives has become even more difficult. The statewide program currently serves about 37,000 individuals, a large portion of which would have to be placed in a nursing home or hospitalized without the care.
The temporary injunction came in response to a joint law suit filed by three individuals and several disabled rights group, including Disability Rights California, AARP and the National Senior Citizens Law Center.
A diverse group of about 100 Petaluma residents has formed a new fundraising group to benefit the local hospital.
The Next Gen philanthropy committee was formed late last month as a program of the Petaluma Valley Hospital Foundation and will work to raise funds for Petaluma Valley Hospital, operated by St. Joseph Health System—Sonoma County.
The association includes individuals from varied backgrounds who, in addition to fundraising, will host educational meetings and mixers of health care professionals and the community.
Among other goals, the group would like to raise at least $20,000 annually for new medical equipment at the hospital. Next Gen will host what will be an annual Bunco and poker tournament fundraiser Nov. 7 at the Petaluma Elks Lodge.
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The Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency program was the recipient of one of 27 grants recently presented by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development this month.