Saturday, January 09, 2010

Take Care of Those Who Cared for Us

Wednesday, CISC participated in a press conference along with other senior service providers facing cuts of up to 77% in the governor's first proposed budget. This all-cuts budget would further reduce services for our vulnerable seniors by:
  • Reducing or eliminating programs that provide support to more than 300,000 families including information and assistance, senior foot care, senior transportation, nutrition, and falls prevention.
  • Eliminating home care for 1,400 seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Cutting an additional $55 million from in-home care.
  • Eliminating adult day health services for 600 seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Slashing health benefits for low-income caregivers, leaving thousands without needed health coverage.
  • Eliminating dental, vision, hearing, hospice, podiatry, and physical, occupational and speech therapy for seniors on Medicaid.
  • Eliminating Medicare Part D copayment reimbursements so 85,000 elderly medicaid clients will not longer be able to afford their prescriptions.
What can you do? Please contact the Governor by mail, phone or e-mail with the following message AND send the same message to your legislators via the legislative phone hotline (800-562-6000):

"Please propose sufficient new revenues to preserve the Senior Citizens Service Act. SCSA funding makes it possible for the most frail and vulnerable seniors to stay in their homes."

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