One of Alhambra's adult day health care centers is among at least 17 senior centers in Los Angeles County that have closed early due to state budget cuts, according to the World Journal. The other Alhambra center is concerned about its own future.
Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) is a community-based day care program. It provides a variety of health, therapeutic, and social services to individuals older than 55 with multiple, chronic illness. It also cares for adults with disabilities or mental illness. Currently, over 300 centers exist in the state.
Because ADHC is licensed as an optional State Plan Benefit for Medi-Cal, most of its participants at the centers have their expenses covered. But lawmakers recently eliminated ADHC’s eligibility to participate in Medi-Cal, resulting in a heavy financial burden on its participants.
The World Journal reports that W.S. Adult Day Center, known in Chinese as Wang Tong, was forced to close. As California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed to retain the $85 million budget of senior centers a month ago, many of the centers in Los Angeles County and Orange County, as well as those which focus on chronic diseases and disability, have received the notice that the state government would stop funding through Medi-Cal starting on December 1, 2011.
The Source spoke with M & T Adult Day Health Care Center on Valley Boulevard in Alhambra. Administrator Raymond Chu said that M & T could be closing down, but he was more concerned about the future health of his participants, as well as the budget situation of the healthcare system in Califonira.
“Where can they go?” he asked. “Many of them are in bad health condition and the government’s decision really put their health in a threatening situation.”
Chu said eliminating ADHCs left hospitals and nursing homes as the only options to the participants, which are far less affordable. Chu also said that the change would not save the goverment funds and, "the cost to take care of these participants is certinly going to skyrocket."
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