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Spring Break Is Good Time To Bring Up MiCASSA
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 16, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC--It's springtime in our nation's capital and Congress is on break.

This means your Senators and Representatives will be closer to home for the next few days.

And disability rights groups remind you that this would be a great time to talk to your federal lawmakers about MiCASSA, the Medicaid Community-based Attendant Services and Supports Act.

MiCASSA would allow Medicaid recipients to choose in-home services instead of being forced into nursing homes or other institutions. At this time a large percentage of Medicaid money goes to fund institutional services.

It is likely that MiCASSA will be reintroduced soon after Congress reconvenes April 28.

Next month, 750 ADAPT members from at least 30 states plan to bring a collage to the nation's capitol with pictures and stories of real people who want forced institutionalization to end for people with disabilities of all ages. The spring action, "Stolen Lives", will take place May 10-15.

Related resources:
How to contact your elected officials (
ADAPT (American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today)
MiCASSA, the Medicaid Community Attendant Services and Supports Act


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