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ADAPT Vigil Day Four
Fresh start on Monday
(DENVER, July 8, 2002) Day four of ADAPT’s vigil in downtown Denver showed the seriousness of advocates resolve to see that Colorado does not cut, cap or change the funding of home alternatives to nursing homes. State employees working in the Human Services Building at 1575 Sherman were greeted by 20 activists who had spent the entire weekend camped in front of the offices of the Health Care Policy Finance (HCPF) committee demanding that they not cut essential home-health funds.
Advocates took the opportunity of being so close to the state capitol to reach out to the state legislature to correct the favoritism of funding institutions over home and community based programs. The nursing home industry’s Medicaid reimbursement rate is matter of state statute, while unelected, political appointees control home-health Medicaid funding. Therefore it is a matter of changing state law to alter the nursing homes funds, while HCPF is free to slash funds to the more desirable and less expensive home services.
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