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It would be horrific if our state budget cut back on the critical health and human service programs already in place for seniors and people with disabilities.

By Steve Mehlman

I hope the Governor and the Legislature will agree to move forward, not backward in dealing with the coming “silver tsunami.”

Re “We cannot abandon seniors and people with disabilities in the state budget”; Commentary, June 16, 2020

When he took office, Gov. Gavin Newsom advocated a California “Master Plan on Aging” to deal with the pressing needs of our growing population of seniors.

It would be horrific if our state budget not only sidetracked this important initiative, but also cut back on the critical health and human service programs already in place for seniors and people with disabilities. 

For one thing, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat from San Diego, correctly points out what a disaster it would be to cut the In-Home Supportive Services program.  IHSS allows seniors and the disabled to remain in their own homes rather than having to be institutionalized.  

Especially at a time when COVID-19 is ravaging nursing homes, it would be catastrophic to force more people to go there for the care they need. 

I hope the Governor and the Legislature will agree to move forward, not backward in dealing with the coming “silver tsunami.”

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