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Proposed Budget Revision Means Less Money for Health and Social Services

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 14, 2012
The Governor's new budget proposal shows more than one and a half billion dollars in overall reductions to health and human services.
That includes almost a half billion dollars in spending cuts to health providers and home care. 
Anthony Wright of Health Access says nursing homes and hospitals would be hurt by this budget.
He says it's hard to overstate the severity of recent cuts on the health safety net.
WRIGHT: "We've been eviscerating the safety net, some core services that all Californians rely on especially when they're down on their luck."
In the revised budget, In Home Supportive Service hours would be reduced by seven percent.
And people in the state's health plan for the poor would be asked to pay a small fee towards their doctor's appointments and prescriptions. 
Vanessa Cajina from the Western Center on Law and Poverty says the new budget would be hard on poor people. 
CAJINA: "It's a part of a trend of the administration to be requiring more from people as the state's fiscal situation gets tougher. But these are people who are just absolutely not in a place to be able to put up that kind of cash, or to give up those benefits."
Some of the changes are pending federal approval, or may be challenged in court.
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