Meeting of the minds…

June 27, 2011 at 3:14 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Per AAPD :

Twenty members of ADAPT, the national disability rights direct action organization, are at the Troy district office of U.S. Representative John Boehner, demanding that Boehner set a date to meet with them on federal Medicaid spending strategy. Boehner and the Republican party want to make drastic cuts to Medicaid spending. ADAPTers say that money can be better saved by ensuring that a greater proportion of Medicaid spending be invested in home- and community-based supports.

Discussing a similar program’s savings based on caring for the elderly in their homes, In 2006 the Congressional Budget Office report estimated that:

But the truth is that CBO estimates the CLASS Act will reduce the deficit for at least the next 20 years.

So. Persons with disabilities want the Medicaid program to save money. They are onboard with that. This would, of course reduce the deficit, and save the state’s money as well.
The nursing home lobby doesn’t like that, because the flow of money would be gone…and more people would be helped outside of their walls. …but wouldn’t their clients be hit just as hard when future people they treat have their benefits cut…

I’ll be watching with interest for the answers to the following questions:

Will the Speaker set an appointment time?

Will the speaker refuse to meet with the Adapt representatives?

If there is a meeting, what will they discuss?
Will he understand that this money saver is a win-win?
I truly hope so. I hope he does meet with them with an open mind.

Speaker Boehner lives in my state. I now live in a building that has a lot of former nursing home/rehab residents in it. where stories of the nursing homes a neighbor or two left awhile ago are…without revealing details…troubling.

The folks I know are cognitively sound, making their own choices about their lives…having fun…out in the sun chatting, trips to more than just a store, parties in the building, engagement in the wider community, religious service, etc.

Engaged on the Net, or in the world. Some work, some don’t, some drive, some don’t but they’re all *interested* in what’s going on.

They haven’t lost track of time, days weeks or months. They haven’t had their belongings stolen. They haven’t been forced to take on a thief as a roommate in a nursing home…

Here they have the help they need, and their own living livable spaces. They have autonomy. And these great outcomes cost less.

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