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    ADAPT March 20-25

    For Immediate Release
    March 18, 2004
    For information contact;
    Bob Kafka 512/431-4085
    Marsha Katz 406/544-9504

    No More Stolen Lives! Hold Hearings on Institutional Bias! Pass MiCASSA and S.1394

    Washington, D.C.---Determined to be "heard" on removing the nation's institutional bias in Medicaid funded long term care services, 500 ADAPT activists are converging on Washington, D.C. March 20-25. Kicking off the campaign to get legislative hearings scheduled is a March to the White House at sundown on Sunday, March 21. Marchers from all over the country will carry the messages "No More Stolen Lives: End the Institutional Bias" and "No More Waiting for Home and Community Services."

    ADAPT is in D.C. to press Senate Finance Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Democrat Max Baucus (D-MT) to hold hearings on removing the institutional bias in Medicaid, the nation's major funder of long term care services and supports. There are several bills with bi-partisan support now in Congress which would allow disabled and older Americans to choose to receive their long term care in their own homes instead of being forced into nursing homes as is now the case.

    At least two of the bills (S.1394, Money Follows the Person Act, and S.1971, MiCASSA, the Medicaid Home and Community-based Services and supports Act) remain buried in the Senate Finance Committee. ADAPT and the 700 other organizations supporting these bills want Grassley and Baucus to hold hearings and move the bills to the Senate floor.

    Medicaid, a state-federal partnership, mandates states to pay for nursing homes, but not for the same services in one's own home. In 1999, in L.C. and E.W. v.s. Olmstead, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that this practice amounts to illegal forced segregation when the person could be adequately served in the community. In 2000, President George Bush issued both an Executive Order mandating implementation of the Olmstead decision, and his New Freedom Initiative which called for all federal Departments to assess and plan for removal of barriers to people with disabilities accessing all aspects of their communities.

    "In this election year, it's imperative that Congress and the President get their priorities straight. There are too many people in this country being denied the freedom we say we are fighting for around the world because those people are forced into nursing homes and other institutions by the Medicaid institutional bias," said Bob Kafka, National ADAPT Organizer. "In essence, our failed public policy is stealing away years and lives from people who deserve so much better from their country. Our march to the White House on Sunday will be led by people who have been freed from institutional settings to enjoy typical lives in the community, and we will all be demanding 'No More Stolen Lives'."

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    Any body in the area, you should make it to this, you will come away a differant person. for the good of course.

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