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Governor's Budget: Possible Safety Net Program Eliminations

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 8, 2010
The governor is calling for cuts in several areas including home care services, kids' health insurance and the welfare-to-work program for poor families. But if California can't get almost seven billion dollars from the federal government - five billion of that specifically for health and social services - these programs could be eliminated.
Herb Meyer is 78-years-old and from Larkspur in the Bay area. He says he couldn't live independently if he didn't get assistance at home.
"If I can't get my worker I would then have to go to a skilled nursing facility, I'm a quadriplegic, I'm in my wheelchair or I'm in bed 24-7 and I just need this service."
About half a million people are in the home care services program. Last year the Legislature and the governor approved cuts to this program but the courts have suspended many of those changes.
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