Re: Support the MiCASSA Bill to Keep the Disabled in Their Own Homes
- After I reread this letter about the MiCASSA bill, I noticed that the
House of Representatives are voting on it too. Their website address
Please contact your House represenntatives also.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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
> From: <SteveGoldADA@c...>
> ADAPT to Demand Federal Apology for Thousands Unnecessarily
> 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
> 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
> "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."