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California Could Boot Thousands of Immigrants from Program that Aids Elderly and Disabled

Los Angeles Times
| Published May 23, 2024

As budget cuts squeeze the state, California could cut off such assistance to elderly, blind or otherwise disabled immigrants who have relied on the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program.

IHSS pays assistants who help people with daily tasks such as bathing, laundry or cooking; provide needed care such as injections under the direction of a medical professional; and accompany them to and from doctor’s appointments. It aims to help people remain safely in their own homes, rather than having to move into nursing facilities or suffer without needed care.

Hagar Dickman, a senior attorney with the advocacy group Justice in Aging, called it “a really big inequity issue.”

“It forces a targeted population, which is the individuals who are undocumented, to either seek institutional care … or to increase impoverishment of their families,” Dickman said.

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