Analysis Vital Medi-Cal Benefits on the chopping Block for 2.5 million Californians Real Cuts Real Pain

Facing a $17.2 billion – and growing – budget shortfall, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger bluntly slashed programs by 10 percent across-the-board. Large numbers and detached descriptions of programs to be eliminated do not adequately put into context the true impact and loss of dignity for Californians who will suffer under these cuts the most. All told, the cuts proposed total $85.4 million – less than .06 percent of the total budget, but would devastate the lives of 2.5 million adults who depend on these services as their lifelines. In many cases, these adults who earn less than $1,000 a month would be hit several times.

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