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For Immediate Release
January 26, 2004

Contact: Bob Kafka 512/431-4085  
Stephanie Thomas 512/442-0252
Marsha Katz 406/544-9504

ADAPT RELEASES RESULTS OF NATIONAL SURVEY 

WHERE DO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES STAND ON COMMUNITY-BASED LONG TERM CARE? 

The Democratic front-runners in the campaign for the Presidency responded to a national survey on their position on community based long term care. ADAPT, the largest national grassroots, disability activist group, which did the survey, released the results today.

The goal is to inform voters - before New Hampshire and the other primaries -- where the candidates stand on issues related to long term care. Too often these issues are not addressed in general campaign information and debates. "Long term care and the bias toward nursing home and other institutional programs is the elephant in the room," said national ADAPT organizer Bob Kafka. "We spend 85 billion dollars a year on long term care services and Medicaid is the fastest growing part of every state's budget."

ADAPT hopes this survey and the responses and non-responses given, will spark debate on this critical issue.

All the candidates were surveyed but President Bush, Senator Lieberman, and Al Sharpton did not respond.

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THE ADAPT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SURVEY

Here are the combined responses to the ADAPT Survey sent to all the Presidential Candidates. We received no response from President Bush, Senator Lieberman, or Al Sharpton. Bush, Lieberman and Sharpton have not come out in support of MiCASSA. Carol Mosley Broun also responded to the survey, but since she has dropped out of the race we did not include her responses, though we would like to acknowledge and thank her for responding. Below are the responses of General Clark, Governor Dean, Senator Edwards, Senator Kerry and Congress person Kucinich. 

Most, if not all, of the Candidates have disability platforms which can be found on their websites.

1. Do you support the passage and full implementation of the Medicaid Community Attendant Services and Supports Act, MiCASSA?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

2. Do you support the passage of legislation that will implement the concept of Money Follows the Person that is included in S.1394?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

3. Will you work with the states to assure they implement the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision so all people with disabilities, old and young, have the right to support services in the most integrated setting?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

4. Will you appoint a Secretary of Health and Human Services that will have a Community First philosophy and will review all Medicare and Medicaid policies with the intention of removing all policies that contribute to the institutional bias that exists in the current long term care system?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

5. Will you appoint a high level task force to review the funding of long term services and supports and make recommendations on concrete ways to reverse the institutional funding bias?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

6. Will you support/develop long term service and support policies that enhance the consumer direction/self determination of personal attendant services by allowing persons to select, manage and dismiss attendants?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

7. Will you support/develop long term service and support policies that will demedicalize personal attendant services by allowing physician/nurse assignment/delegation as well as tasks being defined as non medical?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

8. Will you support/develop long term service and support policies that will develop wage and benefit incentives so that there is a large pool of attendants available to meet the growing personal attendant service needs in this country? Currently you can make more money working in a fast food restaurant than as an attendant.

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

9. Do you support the integration mandate in the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA and believe this mandate is a federal civil right?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .

10. Will you include people with disabilities, including ADAPT members, in the development of all policies that effect the community long term service and support system?

A: Bush | Clark | Dean | Edwards | Kerry | Kucinich | Lieberman | Sharpton .



 

 

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