The elderly and disabled stand to lose $200 million in services
YAKIMA, Wash- The most vulnerable people in the state stand to lose large part of their services. Wednesday Aging and Long Term care spoke out in Yakima about how the governor's proposed budget could cut more than $200 million dollars from services to the elderly and disabled.
One worst-case scenario raises eligibility requirements for in-home care eliminating services for 25,000 people. Critics say that kind of cut would just raise costs overall.
"They might go to the hospital because they have a crisis, they'll go to the hospital, nursing home for rehab and then come back to in-home service", says Lori Brown, director of Aging and Long Term Care.
The state's latest revenue forecast is due out Thursday and people and government agencies across the state will have a better idea of what the state's budget deficit will be.