Federal Judge Halts 11/1 Cuts to IHSS

Federal Judge Halts 11/1 Cuts to IHSS

Yesterday, a federal judge in Oakland, California issued a preliminary injunction order stopping November 1, 2009, cuts to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) for more than 130,000 people statewide.  The court decided that plaintiffs were likely to succeed in a lawsuit challenging the state’s use of “functional index” score and ranks, and that the state is prohibited from implementing cuts while the case proceeds.

This is good news for these 130,000 Californians and their families. To help get the news out and relieve the confusion and fear many IHSS consumers have had about the possibility of IHSS cuts, the court has ordered the state to send a “don’t worry” letter explaining that the cuts will not take place November 1 as previously thought.

To find out more about IHSS functional index appeals and the status of IHSS cuts, you can join in on the National Senior Citizens Law Center webcast next Monday, Oct. 26th at 12 noon. Contact NSCLC for registration info.

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Karen Fletcher
Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.