SEIU Statement on Proposed IHSS Budget

Caregivers Promise to Fight Destructive Cuts and Work to Pass Better Solutions

SACRAMENTO, CA – SEIU California State Council released the following statement from Dave Regan, President of SEIU-UHW, in response to the Governor’s 2012-2013 proposed budget for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).

“In-home care saves lives and taxpayer dollars. The State of California should make it a priority to keep seniors and people with disabilities healthy and safe in their own homes, rather than pushing them into more expensive nursing homes.

“Unfortunately, the Governor’s proposal includes devastating cuts that would do the opposite. Eliminating the personal care services for over 270,000 seniors and people with disabilities places their safety and health in peril and would mean lost jobs for in-home care providers. This is the wrong direction for long-term care in California.

“There is a better way. By improving our long-term care system, implementing greater coordination of care for IHSS recipients, letting consumers choose care at home rather than an institution, and making sure that these services work more effectively as an integral part of each individual’s health care, we can save hundreds of millions of dollars.

“While we stand against the budget cuts, we are optimistic about the Governor’s long term plans to reform IHSS and secure a stable revenue source for the state. Solutions like this are not only better for people in need of care but are also better for the state’s bottom line.

“We look forward to working with the Legislature and the Governor to craft a budget that will both save money and strengthen long-term care in California.”

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Over 700,000 Californians make up SEIU in California; we work throughout the state, in all 58 counties, and we represent California in all of its diversity. We are social workers, nurses, classroom aides, state workers, security officers, college professors, home care workers, janitors, and more.

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