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Budget cuts aimed at older adults anger California lawmakers

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Posted at 4:46 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 19:46:55-04

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to cover the state's budget deficit includes slashing spending that keeps more than 45,000 people out of nursing homes.

The proposed cuts have angered state lawmakers from both major political parties. They say the cuts would be irresponsible in light of a coronavirus pandemic that has spread through nursing homes across the state.

Newsom is proposing to make fewer older adults eligible for Mediciad. And he has suggested reducing funding for a nutrtion program that offers meals to older adults in group settings.

The proposal also includes a temporary 10% rate increase for skilled nursing facilities