ADAPT in Harrisburg
Medicaid action is essential on a state level.
By Tim Wheat, Boulder ADAPT
ADAPT, the nation's leading direct action disability rights organization, gathers in Harrisburg Pennsylvania to begin a state-by-state campaign to end the Medicaid bias. ADAPT supports Medicaid reform to make the system more efficient and effective, while US states who administer the federal Medicaid program, see devastating cuts as a short-term and short-sighted solution to state budget problems.
ADAPT holds that implementing Real Medicaid reform, which restrains spending while promoting the independence and freedom of people with disabilities, is the most cost-effective use of state public money. ADAPT proposes expanding community-based services, expanding consumer-directed services, de-medicalizing services, eliminating wasteful bureaucracy and taking advantage of "re-balancing" funding.
Like many other states, Governor Corbett's administration in Pennsylvania has proposed cutting Medicaid as a panacea to address the shortfalls in the state budget. When states cut Medicaid, they not only limit services but they cut the jobs of the people who are paid by the Medicaid funds to provide services, supports and basic health care to the state's citizens. ADAPT is headed to Harrisburg to urge him to work with advocates and the disability community to implement Real Medicaid reform that contains spending while it supports the independence and civil rights of people with disabilities and older adults, and saves jobs.
The week of ADAPT actions in Harrisburg will culminate on Wednesday with a My Medicaid Matters Rally. People from across the state will be converging in Harrisburg to highlight the important role that Medicaid plays in supporting health, independence, families and jobs.
ADAPT was successful using direct action to make busses accessible. In the 1980s the group targeted the American Public Transit Authority and the federal government to ensure a national policy of accessible public transit. The focus of ADAPT has always been equality, following transit accessibility, ADAPT has, worked for responsible healthcare policy.
In 2005, Money Follows the Person legislation was adopted as another step in ADAPT's campaign to end the bias in US Medicaid policy. Institutions and Nursing homes have a preference built into the program; they have assured funding while alternatives to expensive facilities are optional Medicaid programs. Home And Community - Based Services (HCBS) allow people with disabilities to remain in their own homes. HCBS programs often suffer because states cannot make cuts to institutional care, but they can cut the optional Medicaid services.
Follow what ADAPT is doing in Harrisburg at the ADAPT Action Report.
The ADAPT Action Report is organized to let you follow the ADAPT Action in Harrisburg. The idea is to bring the hard-work and exciting in-your-face advocacy of ADAPT to your computer. There is nothing like the experience of an ADAPT Action, but if you cannot be in Harrisburg, the ADAPT Action Report will try to capture some of the feel of being there.
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There's no place like home; and we mean real homes, not nursing homes. We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions.
Read more about ADAPT: History of ADAPT in state capitols