In coming weeks, the Senate will finalize legislation to reform America’s health care system. Long-term services and supports are essential to individuals with disabilities and seniors and must be included.
·While over 48 million Americans do not have medical insurance, over 250 million Americans lack any insurance protection for the costs of long-term services.
·Nearly half of all funding for long-term services is provided through Medicaid that requires individuals to impoverish themselves to receive supports.
·There is an institutional bias within Medicaid that denies Americans with disabilities an equal choice for home and community services.
·Hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities
The DREDF advocates a National Call-In day tomorrow ...
When: Wednesday, May 13 (Between 8AM and 6PM EDT)
Call-In Number: 1-866-459-9232 (Toll Free)
You will be asked which state you are calling from and will be connected to your Senators’ offices.
While I believe in "free our people" is one of the most critical issues facing us -- that is, the social and economic advantages of moving people with disabilities from nursing homes and similar institutions -- I am not sure the cause is a "health issue."
I am disabled. I am not ill. That's why I believe The Community Choice Act of 2009 should take priority in the attempt to integrate people with disabilities into mainstream society.