Governor Brown Vetoes AB 1552 (Lowenthal) CBAS Preservation Bill
Calls it “Premature” in Advance of Waiver Amendments – September 30, 2014
“AB 1552 was an opportunity for the Governor to welcome in a new era, acknowledge the Legislature’s unanimous support, and demonstrate the state’s commitment to the CBAS program and to California’s poor elderly, disabled and vulnerable citizens who need access to good healthcare. While we are heartened by the veto statement acknowledging the importance of CBAS to “help many thousands of frail adults remain independent,” we are very disappointed that Governor Brown chose to veto AB 1552 and miss that opportunity.” California Association for Adult Day Services (CAADS)
The veto DOES NOT mean the demise or defeat of CBAS as a Medi-Cal benefit, but passage of the bill would have codified CBAS into law providing a more secure future. Alameda County currently has five Adult Day Health Care centers that are certified to offer CBAS as a Medi-Cal benefit (operated by ASEB, Family Bridges, and West Oakland Health Center). A sixth center will open later this fall.
See full response to Governor’s veto from California Association for Adult Day Services CAADS Response