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It’s time to pass the Community Choice Act (S 683/HR1670)!

The Coalition for Community Integration (CCI) is working to change federal policy so that Americans with disabilities and older Americans have a real choice in long term services and supports. The Coalition is working toward passage of the Community Choice Act (S 683/HR1670) which would eliminate the institutional bias in Medicaid.

Many hundreds of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities are currently trapped in nursing facilities because our systems do not provide adequate home and community-based services. By offering long-term care services in the person's home and community, the Community Choice Act will give people control over their lives and enable them to choose where they live. In many states, providing such services has also demonstrated cost savings for Medicaid.

The Community Choice Act would expand the mandate that currently requires states to provide nursing home services so that states would provide the services that people really want – home care! Regardless of age or type of disability, people overwhelming want to live in their own home. The Americans with Disabilities Act’s most integrated setting mandate also asserts that people have a right to receive long-term care services in their own home. This right was affirmed by the US Supreme Court in its Olmstead ruling.