At Your Home Familycare Urges Support of Assembly Bill 2114
UPDATE: This measure successfully passed in the Aging and Long Term Care Committee, and will come up for consideration by the full Assembly on April 21.
March 25, 2010
The Honorable Mariko Yamada
Chairperson, Aging & Long-Term Care Committee
1020 N Street, Room 360A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Assemblywoman Yamada:
Lower-income seniors in California are among our most vulnerable citizens. They deserve the best resources we are able to provide. Meanwhile, Californians have the right to expect that we use our state’s scarce resources to the best of our ability, especially during tough economic times.
Assembly Bill 2114 will help us achieve both goals. AB 2114, The Elder Economic Dignity Act of 2010, will formalize the use of the Elder Economic Security Index by California Area Agencies on Aging to better allocate staff and senior service resources.
The Elder Index is a more sophisticated and precise planning tool than the currently used federal poverty level, which is based solely on the cost of food. But the costs of housing, healthcare, and transportation have risen at a much higher rate which is not being addressed or acknowledged.
The Elder Index takes into account whether a senior owns or rents their home, as well as the costs of transportation, health care and other expenses specific to their county. These details allow planners to save time and money on redundant research and to better use our state’s scarce resources for senior services.
A similar bill successfully passed both houses of the California legislature with broad bipartisan support. However, it was vetoed by the Governor. Please help bring this important bill back to the Governor and demand that he take action to implement this important planning tool that will benefit seniors across the state of California.
AB 2114 ensures that California accurately counts its seniors and makes realistic plans to provide services and use our state’s scarce resources effectively. Assemblywoman Yamada, please support AB 2114 and urge the Governor to sign this critically important legislation.
President and Founder, At Your Home Familycare
NOTE: Learn more about Assembly Bill 2114 here.