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ADHC Transition Plan Scrutinized at Assembly Hearing (multimedia added)

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The hearing discussed what's ahead for the estimated 35,000 seniors and disabled people who are slated to lose services December 1st.

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada convened the meeting after the governor vetoed a smaller version of the program.

YAMADA: We were quite frankly stunned by the veto, and thought we needed a conversation about its aftermath.

In what turned into a four-hour meeting, the Department of Health Care Services laid out plans to transition the vulnerable population to other care options.

Lawmakers questioned the process.

Advocates lined up for public comment, some choked up with tears. 

Lydia Missaelides of the California Association of Adult Day Services warned about the impact of cutting the program to what she calls the health system's most high-cost and high risk individuals.

MISSAELIDES: "A human disaster is about to unfold in your communities."

A lawsuit is pending to try to reverse the state's cut to adult day health care.

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