State Budget Spares Home Care from New Cuts, Invests in Clients’ Ability to Get Healthy at Home
Sacramento, CA – Home care workers and those for whom they care celebrated the budget signed by Governor Brown this week that protects home care from new cuts and includes legislation that builds a better future for home care in California.
“My son, Tobin, was absolutely thrilled when he heard the great news,” said Bonita Munoz, a Sonoma County home care provider who led meetings with lawmakers and was one of over 50 arrested for civil disobedience during the unprecedented 10-day action at the Capitol earlier this month. “Tobin told the Governor he was worried that our family would have to live under a bridge if his hours were cut. Now we can rest assured that our family can stay healthy at home.”
As legislators prepared to vote on the state budget, In-Home Supportive Services was facing a possible loss of $800 million to the program. The efforts of nearly ten thousand home care providers, consumers and supporters who pledged support, rallied at the Capitol for nearly two weeks, shared their stories with legislators, and participated in local town hall meetings, we were successful in preventing any new cuts to IHSS.
The budget signed by Governor Brown Wednesday rejects the proposed 7% across-the-board cut to home care hours as well as the elimination of domestic and related services for recipients who need support to live at home rather than in an institutional setting. The existing 3.6% cut passed and signed into law last year will be continued for one more year in the new budget.
Home care workers and consumers also achieved a major victory by passing the ground-breaking Coordinated Care Initiative which was based on the principles of the Let’s Get Healthy at Home campaign. Thousands of home care workers consumers came to the capitol to deliver more than 75,000 signed pledges of support for the principles that resulted in this landmark legislation.
Through the Coordinated Care Initiative, over time, home care providers will have the tools to help California’s most vulnerable population get and stay healthy at home and realize long-term budget savings with improved management of chronic conditions and fewer hospitalizations.
“I am overwhelmingly happy with the outcome of the IHSS budget,” said Rosalia Rodriguez, a Sacramento home care provider who also led meetings with lawmakers and was arrested for civil disobedience during a 10-day action at the Capitol. “Now that providers can be recognized and respected for the life-saving work we do. I am so proud of home care workers and consumers from all walks of life who stood with me through this victory and are willing to do more.”