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The Supreme Court throws out a Trump-era ban on gun bump stocks; a look at how social media algorithms and Shakespearian villains have in common; and states receive federal funding to clean up legacy mine pollution.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Advocates slam proposed cuts to CA in-home care

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024   

Health care advocates are speaking out against proposed cuts to a California program that provides in-home care aides to low-income seniors and people with disabilities who are undocumented immigrants. Governor Gavin Newsom's May budget revision would cut about 2,600 people from the In-Home Support Services program, to save an estimated $94 million.

Dania Perea Alonso, undocumented immigrant from Fresno who receives these services is hearing- and vision-impaired and said the program makes it possible for her sister to provide care.

"My personal thoughts on the program being taken away, it makes me scared, angry, and anxious. Undocumented or not, we are all human beings who deserve health care," she explained.

Advocates want lawmakers to find a way to avoid these cuts. California faces a projected budget deficit of more than $27 billion for the next fiscal year. The Legislature has until June 15th to pass a balanced budget.

Ron Coleman Baeza, managing policy director with the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, said it would be cruel to cut the IHSS program, which he says allows people to live at home with dignity.

"It is a poor fiscal decision. Without IHSS, these individuals will need costly and preventable hospital and/or nursing home care, and family caregivers will go without pay," he said.

Christine Smith, policy and legislative advocate with the nonprofit Health Access California, said the state should not go back on its progress toward 'health care for all.'

"Everyone deserves access to the care that they need, no matter where they were born. When everyone is covered, everyone benefits, creating a stronger health system for all Californians," she explained.

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