Here are the facts:
- The proposed changes to Medicaid home care eligibility will DENY THOUSANDS, leaving them in the community with no care or forcing them into an institution where thousands have died of COVID-19.
- Governor Cuomo has not responded to ADAPT’s demands to REVOKE these changes and stop more people from being funneled into institutions, even though he is currently being investigated for the nursing home deaths.
- Luckily, the Senate and the Assembly have — BILL A5367;S5028 will repeal the stricter criteria. IT NEEDS TO PASS BEFORE APRIL 1st.
What exactly is changing? The eligibility criteria for Medicaid home care. People will now need ‘physical maneuvering’ with at least 3 “activities of daily living” from a very SHORT list that excludes many necessary tasks for our survival.
This is a DRAMATIC and DETRIMENTAL change. Under this, it will actually be EASIER to meet eligibility for NURSING HOMES over home care. We have spent YEARS as a community fighting against institutional bias, and this change would set us back DECADES.
The Time to Act is NOW
Olmstead mandates that services for the disabled be made available in the least restrictive settings. Changes to eligibility criteria that undermine the sanctity of Olmstead will not be tolerated. HERE ARE 2 easy ways to help:
- Sign onto our letter to the Senate, Assembly, and Cuomo HERE.
- Come to our March 1st rally at 1PM! Register HERE.
- SHARE THIS PAGE. Share our videos. Share our message. Educate the public, your family, your colleagues, your neighbors.
This is about something much bigger than us as individuals. This is about disabled lives being DEMONIZED, DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, DEVALUED, and DISMISSED. Everyone is going to be disabled someday, even if we as a society don’t want to admit that. Everyone deserves to age with comfort knowing that services will be readily available when they need them. This is not an “us” versus “them” — this affects US ALL.