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Where is my car?
ADAPT blocks state governors transportation around Boise
(BOISE, July 14, 2002) ADAPT blocked five of the governors courtesy SUVs and harassed the participants of the National Governors Association Conference in downtown Boise Idaho today to get support for Medicaid reform.
ADAPT had made plans to meet with the Health and Human Resources Committee Legislative Director for the NGA at 11:00 am. Barbara Toomer suggested that Matt Salo of the NGA come to talk with ADAPT in the middle of closed State Street. Salo waffled, but eventually met with ADAPT at 11:20. State Street remained closed during the meeting
“I have seen many of you in Washington,” Salo said.
Sheila Dean told of her friends back in Denver Colorado who have been camped out for nine days and nights in front of the Medicaid office building demanding reasonable Medicaid policy funding (Read more about the Colorado ADAPT Action).
“This will be happening all over the country,” she said.
“Kansas has more home and community services,” said Greg Jones, “and we have a lower proportional Medicaid budget than any state on our boarders.”
Advocates found out quickly that Salo was not familiar with Medicaid and Health Care Policy. At one point Salo suggested that ADAPT change the name of MiCASSA.
“Hell, if it gets the people out of nursing homes,” said Ken Wulla, “we’ll name it after you Matt.”
Matt Salo, however, got most of his knowledge about long-term care from ADAPT today. He attempted to banter briefly with advocates, but it became obvious to everyone that Salo did not know what he was talking about and was not a reasonable spokesperson for the NGA (e-mail Matt Salo at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Advocates were asking for a short meeting with the governors at this conference and to get on the NGA agenda for the next conference. The basic goal was to get the NGA to endorse MiCASSA, which they have nearly done with Gov. Howard Dean’s testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Although the NGA has sanctioned many of the concepts of MiCASSA, they have not endorsed the legislation.
Salo could not help ADAPT with the demands either. He resisted Roxan Perez’s request to allow only one advocate to assist him with calling someone that could address the demands. He also would not give Roxan the phone number of Susan Dotchin who he claimed could make these decisions.
Sergeant R.L. Furman announced that the Boise Police “will now enforce criminal activity ordinance.” He claimed that they would arrest ADAPT members if they violated any innocuous city rule such as crossing against the lights.
Coincidentally, Sgt. Furman knew Susan Dotchin and agreed to call her and “see what we can get done this afternoon.”
It was not Sgt. Furman, however, that came back with the reply.
“I cannot arrange that for you,” said Lieutenant Jim Kerns about a meeting with Dotchin, “no one from the NGA will meet with you.”
The Lieutenant’s statement said a lot about the NGA hiding inside the Grove Hotel.
ADAPT opted to leave downtown “loud and proud,” leaving the governors with the additional message that they can expect more from ADAPT. In a final tense moment, ADAPT marched down the sidewalk past the barriers manned by several police arriving back at the hotel just before a thunderstorm hit.
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