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Saturday, February 20, 2010
Home Care Protests in Missouri
From our friend Bob Williams:
Disabled protest state’s proposed cuts in home care By Virginia Young Post-Dispatch Jefferson City Bureau
JEFFERSON CITY — People with disabilities and their caregivers came to the Capitol today to protest a budget cut that could make it harder for the disabled to remain in their homes.
On the chopping block: personal care services, which include assistance with meals, dressing and bathing.
Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed budget would limit personal assistance services that a person can receive under the Medicaid program to 3.5 hours a day, or 60 hours a month. Those with greater needs could appeal for an additional 20 hours a month.
Nixon’s budget counts on $8.6 million in savings — $3.1 million in state funds and $5.5 million in federal funds — from the cutback.
Many people on Medicaid receive more than 60 hours of personal care a month. They say that without the attendant services, they could be forced to move to nursing homes, which are more expensive and would cost the state more than home care.
At a Capitol press conference today, Bob Pund of Columbia, who was paralyzed in an auto accident 20 years ago, said he needs help “in nearly every aspect of my life. Attendants are like oxygen to me.”
Not only is it a safety net, it helps people maintain their dignity and quality of life, others said.
Defending Our Freedom is a three-prong national campaign to organize the disability community to:
• Demand that the Obama administration fulfill its duty to aggressively protect the civil rights of disabled Americans and enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act/Olmstead decision;
• File complaints with the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice that document the violation of rights of individuals who have been forced into institutional settings, denied community services, or have had their community services reduced as well as complaints that document the state policies and budget cuts that violate our rights;
• Document the disability community’s efforts to fight back against state cuts so that we can learn from each other’s efforts, rally others to join our fight, and hold public officials accountable when they do not support our freedom.
This site is organized by the national disability rights grassroots community ADAPT. For more information about ADAPT, please visit www.adapt.org. To submit photos (jpegs please!) and stories about your activism, please e-mail ADAPT at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone is welcome to submit material. Please limit your submissions to 250 words or less.