State Aims to Mitigate Loss of Funds for Adult Day Care

State health officials are circulating a plan they say will help keep about 35,000 elderly and disabled Californians out of institutionalized care when Medi-Cal stops offering an adult day healthcare benefit in December. The plan released late Friday relies primarily on Medi-Cal managed care plans to find alternatives for beneficiaries, including additional hours of in-home supportive services, physical and occupational therapy, and social services. But care providers say the approach could fail because appropriate alternatives aren’t always available and families would be forced to shuttle patients around town to obtain the services now offered at more than 300 adult day healthcare centers.

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