Sep 1, 2011
In an effort to track issues impacting the health and wellness of our community, TSF has been in conversation with the county, city, United Way and other funder colleagues discussing the impact of public funding cuts. The state budget for the 2011-13 biennium included reductions of more than $5 billion, affecting a wide range of programs and services. Reductions related to health and wellness include: reform of the Disability Lifeline program that will end the existing program and create three new programs ; reductions to the Basic Health Plan for low-income working adults; and a 10 % reduction to personal care hours for seniors and people with disabilities. In response to the needs of the community, the Health & Wellness Element Committee revised their funding strategies. The revised strategies focus on improving access to healthcare, increasing the capacity of organizations to be effective in the changing health care environment, and enhancing the well-being of our community’s most vulnerable populations.