Omoto, Marty


Marty Omoto is Executive Director ofthe California Disability Community Action Network, a non-partisan link to thousands of Californians with developmental and other disabilities, people with traumatic brain injuries, the blind, the deaf, their families, community organizations and providers, direct care, homecare and other workers, and other advocates to provide information on state and local public policy issues.

Brown Administration Proposes 7% Across-The-Board Cut to In-Home Supportive Services Recipients

By Marty Omoto
California Disability Community Action Network

The Brown Administration released on Thursday proposed budget related language – referred to as budget “trailer bill” language – to implement the proposed 7% across-the-board reduction in service hours for all In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) recipients that is meant to be a permanent on-going cut.

The proposed language is nearly identical to the existing State law implementing the current 3.6% across-the-board IHSS recipient hours reduction that is set to expire June 30, 2012, with the exception that the 7% proposed cut is meant to be permanent.  The issue is on the agenda for the May 22nd Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services hearing, along with developmental services and CalWORKs (see below for details).

State's Budget Deficit Swells to $16 Billion - Governor Warns of Deeper Cuts to Critical Programs

By Marty Omoto, California Disability Community Action Network

California’s budget deficit has swelled to a staggering $16 billion from the $9 billion it was projected in January, according to Governor Jerry Brown today, warning that the growing budget hole will mean that “…we will have to go much further and make cuts far greater than I asked at the beginning of the year.”  The Democratic Governor blamed a combination of a slow economic recovery that has result in lower than hoped for tax receipts and because of “…the federal government and the courts have blocked us from making billions in necessary budget reductions.” 

SB 1186 Impacting Public Accomodations Access for People With Disabilities Amended Significantly

By Marty Omoto
Community Disability Community Action Network

New amendments approved on April 30th on the State Senate floor gutted a controversial bill, SB 1186, introduced by former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton (Republican – Rancho Cucamonga, 31st State Senate District), that originally proposed new restrictions on people with disabilities right to sue for violations of access to public accommodations under the State’s landmark Unruh Civil Rights Act that would have implemented what is referred to as “right to cure” provisions that gives a specified time period for the business or property owner to respond to the allegations and fix the violations.  

Obama Administration Releases Final Regulation For New Medicaid Program Called "Community First Choice Option"

By Marty Omoto
California Disability Community Action Network

Yesterday the Obama Administration announced the release of the long awaited final federal regulations for a new Medicaid program, called the “Community First Choice Option” that will provide states who apply, with a higher federal match to fund community-based programs services and supports for person with disabilities and seniors who would otherwise be placed in a nursing home or similar facility. The announcement was made by the US Department of Health and Human Services earlier today. The regulations were first issued as proposed rules over a year ago for public comment.

To view the 304 page final federal rule, click on this link to the Federal Register website:  http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-10294_PI.pdf

Attorneys Working To Resolve Allegations That State Is In Violation of Settlement Agreement

By Marty Omoto
California Disability Community Action Network

Attorneys with Disability Rights California (DRC), representing over 37,000 people with disabilities and seniors who are recipients of the Adult Day Health Care Medi-Cal benefit and attorneys representing the Brown Administration are meeting to resolve allegations that the State is in violation of the court approved Settlement Agreement that outlined the elimination of the Medi-Cal Adult Day Health benefit and a transition process to a new “Community-Based Adult Services” program benefit.

Adult Day Health Care Recipients Ask Federal District Court to Hold Brown Administration in Contempt

By Marty Omoto
California Disability Community Action Network

Disability Rights California (DRC), a disability, mental health and senior rights legal advocacy organization, filed legal documents on Thursday asking a federal district court in San Francisco to hold the Brown Administration in contempt for failing to fully comply with a court approved agreement that settled a lawsuit between the State of California and people with disabilities and seniors who use Adult Day Health Care services as a Medi-Cal benefit. The hearing is set for March 29, Thursday, at 09:00 AM before US Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, in the federal district court in San Francisco. The Brown Administration has not yet issued a public response to the motion. CDCAN will provide full report following that court hearing next week.

California Dept. of Education Releases Proposed Emergency Regulations Dealing with Students with Disabilities and Epilepsy

By Marty Omoto

The State Board of Education issued notice on Friday (March 9th) that it will be submitting to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) - the State agency that reviews and approves all state regulations - two new proposed emergency regulations dealing with the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) that impacts students with special needs and disabilities, and a second proposed emergency regulation regarding students with epilepsy.

The proposed emergency regulation relating to students with epilepsy concerns the implementation of SB 161 that allows under certain conditions non-medical school employees to provide emergency medical assistance in public schools to students with epilepsy by administering an anti-seizure medication.   

Brown Proposes Elimination of Services For Over 245,000 IHSS Recipients

By Marty Omoto
California Disability Community Action Network

On Thursday the Brown Administration released proposed budget related language – called “budget trailer bill language” – that would make necessary changes in existing State law to implement the Governor’s proposal to eliminate domestic and related services for those persons receiving In-Home Supportive Services who live in a “shared living arrangement”. The Governor’s proposal – which needs approval from the Legislature still – contains exemptions for certain IHSS recipients, and would reduce State general fund spending to the IHSS program as a result of this reduction by over $210 million –over $420 million or so if lost federal matching funds and other funds are included.

Several In-Home Supportive Service Related Bills Introduced in State Legislature

By Marty Omoto
California Disability Community Action Network

Several regular legislative session policy bills impacting the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program were introduced earlier this month and last week by the February 24th bill introduction deadline.  Two bills – and possibly a third – deal with IHSS providers that would propose changes to existing State law that currently prohibit an individual from working as an IHSS provider if he or she was convicted of certain crimes. Current State law allows the IHSS recipient to hire such an individual by submitting to the county a signed waiver document.

State Senate President and Assembly Speaker Both Introduce IHSS Bills

Gov. Brown Proposes Expansion of Managed Care for Medicare & Medi-Cal "Dual Eligible"

By Marty Omoto

The Brown Administration yesterday released proposed budget related legislative language – called “budget trailer bill language” – that would provide authorization to expand an existing effort to move hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities and seniors eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal into “coordinated care” or managed care plans in California. Brown’s proposal builds on an existing plan passed last year as part of the 2011-2012 State Budget, that already authorizes the Department of Health Care Services to move forward with submitting a demonstration project proposal to the federal government this spring for approval, that would beginning in January 2013, shift thousands of people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal – known as “dual eligible” - into managed or coordinated care plans in at least four counties.