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Program assistant Mayra Dittman (L) helps Juanita Gilbert get up to walk at the Lifelong Medical Marin Adult Day Health Care Center on February 10, 2011 in Novato, California. LifeLong Medical Care in Novato is a state-licensed center that provides adult day health care and activities to nearly 60 Marin County seniors and would be forced to close if California Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cuts were to be approved by the state legislature in order to make up for California's $28 billion deficit. The deep cuts to Medi-Cal would jeopardize up to 300 adult day care centers throughout California and displace nearly 37,000 people that depend on the service.
More than 2,000 seniors are trying to get back into a state program that gives them physical therapy, mental health treatment and a chance to socialize.
Budget cuts forced state officials to tighten the eligibility requirements for its adult day care program known as Community Based Adult Services.
Now, a federal judge is expected to weigh in on whether these seniors — who've been waiting for months — should be reinstated. The California Report's Health Reporter Mina Kim explains.