[Hpn] Fw: [NH_ADAPT] ADAPT Activists Storm White House

Bill Tinker wtinker@fcgnetworks.net
Tue, 20 Jun 2000 13:46:00 -0400


GENERAL TO ALL E-GROUPS THESE ARE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS FIGHTING FOR
YOURS AND MY RIGHTS GO ADAPT GO!!
A BROTHER IN DISABILITY
Bill
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Scarborough" <cyanosis@realtime.net>
To: "NH_ADAPT@onelist.com" <NH_ADAPT@egroups.com>; <ADAPT-CA@onelist.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2000 1:28 PM
Subject: [NH_ADAPT] ADAPT Activists Storm White House


> June 20, 2000   Contact Information:
>
> For Immediate Release
>
> Jennifer Burnett (717) 238-0172
>
> Marsha Katz (406)239-7485
>
> Marcie Roth (301)717-7447
>
>     ADAPT Activists Storm White House
>
> WASHINGTON, D.C.-- 500 activists from the national
> disability rights group known as ADAPT is demonstrating
> today at the White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
> N.W.,  to demand that the Clinton Administration and the
> Gore Campaign address the nation's institutional
> bias, and support MiCASSA, the Medicaid Community Attendant
> Services and Supports Act of 2000 (S.1935, introduced by
> Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA and Senator Arlen Specter, R-PA.)
>
>     Calling the effort a wake-up call for the
> Administration and the Gore Campaign, ADAPT said that neither
> has addressed the institutional bias in the long term
> care system. On October 8, 1996 President Clinton
> wrote in a letter to disability leaders that "[Vice President
> Gore and I] will not rest until all Americans with disabilities
> in institutions have the choice of living in their homes and
> communities with appropriate services."  Yet $46 billion of
> the $62 billion Medicaid long term care funds (75%) go to
> nursing homes and other institutions, with a mere
> $16 billion going to support people in their
> own homes.
>
>     "For 8 years, promise upon promise has been
> made to us by this Administration, yet nothing
> changes," said ADAPT's Bob Kafka, "We are frustrated and
> angry.  We want Clinton/Gore to support MiCASSA,
> and to end the failed public policy that
> forces people into institutions."
>
>     This demonstration is the second day in a week
> long series of direct action planned by ADAPT.
> Yesterday the group was successful on two fronts.
> A demonstration at the home of Andrew Cuomo,
> Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, resulted
> in a long requested meeting between ADAPT and Cuomo
> at the end of July to discuss HUD's lack of support
> for affordable, accessible, integrated housing.
> And a protest at the national office of the American
> Medical Association yesterday yielded a "Memorandum
> of Understanding" between ADAPT and the AMA,
> which includes two meeting to discuss the AMA policy on
> home and community based services.
>
>     ###
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> FOR MORE INFORMATION on American Disabled for
> Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
> Please visit our website at
> http://www.adapt.org/
>
> For direct inquiries regarding this press release please use the contact
>     information at the beginning of this message or Email
adaptpr@adapt.org
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