Governor Brown Vetos AB 2233 to expand California's MediCal Assisted Living Waiver Program
The state of California's Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) Program is insufficient given the current and future demand for affordable, senior care services. To date, there are over 2,500 individuals who have qualified, both medically and financially, for the ALW Program but who have been waitlisted. There are seniors whose medical needs qualify them for the program but whose incomes are not low enough to qualify them for MediCal nor high enough to afford private pay rates. Furthermore, the ALW Program is only operating in 15 of California’s 58 counties and a limited number of assisted living facilities participate in the program because of low reimbursement rates. On the whole, these limitations are leaving seniors and their families without access to much needed services. California can do better.
AB 2233 would have expanded California's MediCal Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) Program by:
-Increasing slots from 5,700 to 18,500
-Expand number of counties served from just 15
-Increase reimbursement rates for facilities
-Provide a more transparent wait list for seniors
-Explore expanding financial qualifications for the program.
Let your state representatives know you want them to revisit this issue to ensure community-based, long-term care is available to low-income seniors in your community. You can find your legislator by clicking here.