CHA & Aging & Disability Stakeholders Respond to the 2023-24 Proposed Budget

2023-24 proposed budget, intergenerational family smiling - granddaughter, daughter and mother/grandmother

California Health Advocates, as part of the California Collaboration for Long Term Services and Supports (CCLTSS), submitted this letter of response to the Governor’s 2023-24 proposed budget. CCLTSS is compromised of nearly 60 state and regional aging and disability organizations that promote dignity, health, and independence in community living.

The letter:

  • Thanks the Governor for his continued commitment and expresses appreciation for preserving investments made in 2021-22
  • Underscores 2023-24 budget investments that impact older/ disabled adults
  • Highlights missed opportunities
  • Urges focus and attention on the growing older/ disabled adult population and ways to transform ageism into positive images of our older/disabled adult population

Some of the positives of the proposed budget include:

  • The continued investment in the Master Plan for Aging to remedy longstanding inequities in California’s systems that support older adults and people with disabilities
  • Increased cash assistance in the SSI/SSP program, maintained expansion of Medi-Cal coverage and affordability
  • Funding to support the implementation of CalAIM
  • Investments in housing and homelessness
  • Continued support for COVID-19 response, and
  • Commitment to working towards universal LTSS coverage in California

Read the letter for full details.

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.