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Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill That Would Keep Adult Day Health Care Centers Open

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have kept adult day health care centers from closing.

In his veto message issued Monday, Brown said the legislation would have wrongly created a “look-alike” program to the program his administration eliminated through budget cuts earlier this year.

The centers were almost completely reliant on Medi-Cal funding, with the state and federal governments splitting the bill.

Adult day health care participants are those deemed too medically frail by a doctor to be left alone, often suffering from multiple health disorders that require oversight.

Democratic assemblyman Bob Blumenfield of the San Fernando Valley had proposed the legislation to save the program.

He says the cut will result in higher health care costs in the future for more than 30,000 Californians.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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