[Hpn] Action Alert - please urge your state legislatures and US Represe ntatives and Senators to SUPPORT this

Thomas Cagle nh-adapt@juno.com
Thu, 20 Feb 2003 11:32:39 -0500


From: "Bob A Kafka" <bkafka@juno.com>



>
> White House - AP
> Bush Seeks Funds for Moving the Disabled
> Wed Jan 22,10:32 PM ET
>
> <http://www.blvd.com/newsletter2003/movedisabled.html>
>
>
> WASHINGTON - President Bush is proposing a 1.75 million, five-year
> program
> aimed at moving people with disabilities from institutions into homes
in
> the
> community .
>
>
> Under the program, the federal government would pay the full cost of
> Medicaid for a year for people who move from institutional to
> community-based care, administration officials said Wednesday. States
and
> the federal government typically share Medicaid costs based on a
formula.
>
>
>
>
> States can already use Medicaid dollars to pay for health aides and
other
> expenses needed to help people with mental retardation and other
> disabilities live at home or in community-based group homes. The
> initiative
> would boost those efforts by paying the full cost of care for the first
> year.
>
>
>
> "We want to work with the states and the disability community to change
> old
> programs and develop new ones that will serve people with disabilities
in
> the settings that work best for them," Health and Human Services
> Secretary
> Tommy Thompson said in a statement.
>
>
>
> Disability rights activists have long argued that people are better
> served
> in real homes than in institutions.
>
>
>
> The initiative will be proposed in the president's 2004 budget plan,
> being
> released next month. It includes $350 million for 2004, and $1.75
billion
> over five years.
>
>
>
> The Bush administration is also proposing:
>
>
>
> _Experimental programs to provide respite care services for caregivers
of
> people with disabilities - money that allows a caregiver to take a
break.
> Bush also wants experimental programs aimed at moving children with
> disabilities from psychiatric residential treatment facilities to
> community-based homes. These programs would cost $220 million over five
> years, with $11 million in 2004. Bush proposed these ideas for the 2003
> budget but Congress is not expected to include them.
>
>
>
> _Allow the spouses of people with disabilities to return to work
without
> their income jeopardizing Medicaid eligibility for the husband or wife
> with
> the disability. This would cost $95 million over five years and $16
> million
> in 2004.
>
>
>
> People with disabilities with incomes below the poverty line are
> automatically eligible for Medicaid, with serves 7.5 million people
with
> disabilities.
>
>
>
> Other initiatives will round out the president's $2.1 billion,
five-year
> spending plan for people with disabilities. Of that, $417 million is
> proposed for 2004
.



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