Until 2004, I was an independent and active woman -- a former airline sales exec and then a high school educator. Then my body kept betraying me. I was finally diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease -- confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. With life at a slower pace, I learned to live a more conscious and mindful life -- buying, eating and other choices. I listen instead of talking, and I observe instead of running and rushing.
Community Choice Act (CCA)is the most important health care reform bill for people with disabilities and seniors. Simply put, it will give people with disabilities and seniors in nursing homes and other institutions, or folks who are at risk of such placement, the choice to live at home with the services and supports that they need to stay in their communities independently.
Become an initial Community Choice Act co-sponsor! Write to your Senators and Representatives in the House:
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Dear [recipient name inserted here],
I am contacting you today to ask that you take action on a critical issue:
The institutional bias of long term care.
I am sure you are aware that seniors and people with disabilities Overwhelmingly prefer to live in the community with supports rather than Receive assistance in a nursing facility or other institution.
Unfortunately, the current system does not give people a choice and often requires that people go into a nursing facility or other institution to get the assistance they need. In fact the vast majority of our Medicaid Funding for long term care is earmarked for expensive institutional settings, rather than supporting people at home in the community.
The Community Choice Act (S799 in the 110th Congress) changes this by establishing a national program of community-based attendant services and supports for people with disabilities, regardless of age or disability.
This bill would allow the dollars to follow the person, and allow eligible Individuals, or their representatives, to choose where they would receive services and supports. Any individual who is entitled to nursing home or other institutional services will now be able to choose where and how these services are provided.
This legislation is supported by every national organization representing
people with disabilities.
Your support of the Community Choice Act is extremely important. This
legislation is about individual choice and allows an individual to choose
to receive care in the community, rather than be forced into an institutional setting. Please give seniors and people with disabilities a Real choice in long term care.