Message and Talking Points

We are asking the Senator to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act (S.117). As someone who has cosponsored previous legislation that addressed Medicaid's institutional bias, we are sure the Senator will want to cosponsor this vital civil rights legislation. To do so, contact Matt Fuentes in Senator Schumer's office.

Talking Points:
1. This bill ensures that Disabled Americans are not denied the Constitutional right to Life and Liberty through unwanted institutionalization.

2. Community based services are more cost effective and shifting from institutional to community based services is shown to contain Medicaid costs.

3. There is no opposition to this bill. It is supported by the entire Disability Community, including Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Arc, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, the Constorium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network, and the National Council on Aging.

4. Community based services keep families together.

5. This bill does not interfere with how states manage their Medicaid programs but still ensures that Disabled Americans are not denied their inalienable rights.

6. This bill ensures independence but doesn't force closure of facilities or restrict the opportunity to choose an institutional placement.

Prior Support:
Medicaid Community-Based Attendant Services and Supports Act of 2003
Community Choice Act of 2007
Community Choice Act of 2009