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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR APRIL 24, 2013

For more information contact:
Bruce Darling, (585) 370-6690
Mike Oxford, (785) 748-0832
Adam Ballard, (708) 945-3893
Janine Bertram, janinebk@mac.com

DISABILITY RIGHTS ADVOCATES TESTIFY BEFORE FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE COMMISSION TWO DAYS AFTER WHITE HOUSE ARRESTS

Members of ADAPT, the national disability rights group, will testify in an official hearing of the Long Term Care Commission about their struggles to leave Medicaid-funded nursing facilities and institutions and live in homes of their own.

Earlier this week, 41 members of ADAPT were arrested at the White House for demanding to meet with the Obama administration about improvements to the country’s Medicaid long term care system. Currently, Medicaid nursing facility services are made available by law in every state, but not community living services. While the administration refused to meet with them Monday, ADAPT will testify on their personal experiences to Long Term Care Commission member Henry Claypool, one of twelve people appointed by President Obama. Mr. Claypool is an experienced disability policy advocate and the only person with a disability on the Commission.

WHO: ADAPT and Henry Claypool, Presidential Appointee to the Federal Long Term Care Commission

WHAT: Public hearing on community-based long term care services nationwide

WHEN: 10 am to 12 noon EST, April 24, 2013

WHERE: Discovery II Ballroom, Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C. Street SW, Washington DC

For more information about ADAPT and its priorities, please visit www.adapt.org.

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ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
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