Disability Rights Advocates Head to Albany
By: YNN Staff
Some disability rights advocates from Rochester will spend the day in Albany to push for Governor Cuomo to implement long term service options for the disabled.
The Center for Disability Rights works on behalf of people with all types of disabilities. The goal is to help them successfully live independently.
About 40 disability rights advocates are heading to the State Capitol to push to reform Medicaid’s long term care provision.
CDR says New York State committed to implementing the Community First Choice Option that provides individuals with support and programs to live at home. CDR says the state has not moved forward with the plan.
“What they’ve told us is that it’s delayed because they’re concerned that they won’t be able to make a maintenance of effort requirement, so they’ve been cutting home and community based services without considering the implications for the Community First Choice Option. We’re concerned that it was just short sighted, that by cutting those services, we’re going to lose all sorts of additional federal dollars that could be coming in and people won’t have the option to stay in their own homes,” said Bruce Darling, Center for Disability Rights CEO.
Carmen Hernandez has been in a wheelchair since she was six years old. She says home is where she wants to be.
“I’m going because this is my life. I want to live in my home. I want to die in my home. And we should have a choice on how we live our lives,” said Hernandez.
The state maintains that there is a delay of final regulations and that there are some questions about specific aspects of the options.