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'Unlikely Alliance' Struck Between Advocates And Administration
September 19, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC--The Kaiser Family Foundation's Daily Health Policy Report on Monday focused on what a reporter called a "highly unlikely alliance" between Bush administration officials and disability rights advocates which has led to changes in long-term care supports.

The report focused on the 'Morning Edition' segment that National Public Radio's Joseph Shapiro ran last Friday. Shapiro talked to organizers of the grassroots disability rights group ADAPT, along with Mark McClellan, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

The report noted that ADAPT organizer Bob Kafka has met with McClellan four times a year since he was appointed to CMS.

It turns out the Kafka and McClellan share a fascination with public policy, and how it affects people with disabilities and seniors. Both also believe people usually make the best choices about their own care.

I've included links to the report, as well as news releases from last week's ADAPT action, and Shapiro's piece for NPR.

Entire article:
Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report
ADAPT Leaves D.C. After Week of Firsts (ADAPT)
Action Reports, Photos, and News Releases (ADAPT)
Disabled Activists Win Battle for Independent Care by Joseph Shapiro (National Public Radio)


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