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IHSS Supporters protest Brown's Budget

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

In-Home Supportive Services providers, recipients and supports rally at the Capitol.

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

The In-Home Supportive Services program provides care to more than 450 thousand elderly and disabled Californians. But program supporters say care would be compromised under a proposal in Governor Jerry Brown’s budget.

Brown wants to limit IHSS workers to 40 hours a week, and prohibit overtime. A pool of temporary caregivers would take up the slack.

Mary Burch is certified to care for her 40-year-old developmentally disabled daughter and is paid through IHSS.

“I do everything for her. She can’t use the microwave, cut her own food, bath independently or even dial 911 without assistance,” Burch said. “She has seizures, which means she has to be watched 24/7.”

Burch said if she’s not allowed to work overtime she may lose her house. 

The Brown administration says a change in federal law would require home care workers to be paid time-and-a-half for overtime. That could cost California $600 million a year.


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Katie Orr

Health Care Reporter

Katie Orr covers health policy for Capital Public Radio. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.  Read Full Bio