Washington,D.C. --- May 4, 2011 - 300 members of ADAPT, the national disability rights grassroots organization, visited the U.S. Senate Gang of Six: the six Senators currently shaping the country's budget for fiscal year 2012. The four day event included the arrest of 101 ADAPT members in the Cannon and Longworth House Office Buildings.
In ADAPT's view, reforming Medicaid long term care spending encompasses several factors. It is paramount to eliminate the institutional bias by mandating that a state can and should spend funds on community-based services and supports. Next, the federal government should take leadership in pushing to rebalance Medicaid long term care spending away from institutional settings and emphasize community based services. Also, making enormous cuts to Medicaid and block granting Medicaid to the states, as under the House-approved "Ryan Plan," would be a disastrous strategy for services that support people with disabilities all over America.
"The Senate has got to take counteractive measures against the damaging provisions of the Ryan Plan," said David Wittie, an organizer with ADAPT of Texas. "We know that they are eyeballing Medicaid reform ...." Read the full Press Release. View the photo gallery.
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.