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Re: Support the MiCASSA Bill to Keep the Disabled in Their Own Homes

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  • Jen
    After I reread this letter about the MiCASSA bill, I noticed that the House of Representatives are voting on it too. Their website address is www.house.gov
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 10, 2003
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      After I reread this letter about the MiCASSA bill, I noticed that the
      House of Representatives are voting on it too. Their website address
      is www.house.gov
      Please contact your House represenntatives also.

      --- In disabilitystudies@yahoogroups.com, "Jen" <lilacs509@n...> wrote:
      > I wrote and called both of my senators to ask them to support MiCASSA.
      > I think we need to let them know we're here and what we want. If
      > anyone wants to contact your senators, their website is
      > http://www.senate.gov/
      >
      > From: <SteveGoldADA@c...>
      > ADAPT to Demand Federal Apology for Thousands Unnecessarily
      > Institutionalized
      >
      > Washington, D.C.- At a time when people with disabilities are being
      > increasingly victimized by state budget cuts and the President's
      > proposed federal budget, ADAPT, the national disability rights group,
      > is making 2003 the year to put a stop to the forced
      > institutionalization of persons with disabilities of all ages.
      > Additionally, ADAPT is demanding a formal national apology for all the
      > years that have been stolen from countless Americans due to decades of
      > failed Medicaid policy that kept them warehoused in nursing homes and
      > other institutions.
      >
      > ADAPT will be in Washington, D.C., May 10-15 to demand the apology in
      > person from President Bush and the Democratic and Republican
      > Leadership, and to tell personal stories of the abuses and loss of
      > freedom suffered as the result of years of forced
      > institutionalization. 750 ADAPT members from at least 30 states will
      > bring a collage to the nation's capitol showing pictures of real
      > people from every state who won't be able to be there in person, but
      > who want Congress and the President to hear their stories.
      >
      > "That collage is our wall of former and current MIAs," said Alfredo
      > Juarez of El Paso, Texas ADAPT. "While Washington politics continue to
      > address "homeland security", we're going to demand that the government
      > change the longstanding Medicaid policies that have deprived countless
      > Americans with disabilities of the security of their own homes."
      >
      > The May "Stolen Lives" demonstration will personalize the very real
      > effects of Medicaid policy that mandates that states pay for nursing
      > homes, but doesn't similarly mandate providing community-based
      > supports. ADAPT is determined to change this "institutional bias" in
      > Medicaid by enacting legislation that provides that "the money follows
      > the person", thus giving people the choice to receive long term care
      > services in their own homes. That legislation, known as MiCASSA, the
      > Medicaid Community-based Attendant Services and Supports Act, is again
      > being introduced by bi-partisan partnerships in the both U.S. Senate
      > and the House of Representatives.
      >
      > "We're grateful for the support of Senator Harkin of Iowa, and
      > Senator Specter from Pennsylvania, and Rep. Davis and Rep. Shimkus,
      > both from Illinois," said Mike Oxford, Kansas ADAPT. "Not only have
      > they continued to advocate the necessity of this legislation, but many
      > of their colleagues are now recognizing that it's more cost effective
      > to support people than it is to support the bricks and mortar of
      > institutions."
      >
      > The May demand for a national apology for the years of "Stolen Lives"
      > of persons with disabilities will lead into ADAPT's 144 mile Free Our
      > People March, September 4-17, from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to
      > Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The march will take two weeks of
      > laborious wheeling and walking, accompanied by sleeping in tents on
      > roadsides.
      >
      > "We may be a mess when we get to D.C.," said Bob Liston of ADAPT
      > Montana, "but no one in America will doubt our commitment to getting
      > MiCASSA passed, and to ending America's forced institutionalization of
      > persons with disabilities of all ages. We're literally marching for
      > our lives."
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