Let me just say, that not only things are moving quickly here in Washington, DC but that they are moving in a major way. Taking place right now is the Community NOW Advocacy Day in 430 Dirksen.
Representatives from the Senate Health, Education and Labor and Pensions Committee, the disability community and a family caregiver will present and urge support for these proposals.
As you no doubt know, the modifications to the Senate Finance bill included the Community First Choice Option and referenced the importance of long term services and supports. However, because of cost concerns and potential opposition, there are rumors that these provisions and others relating to access to home and community services (as well as health disparities issues some prevention) may be stripped from the final health reform legislation.
As a part of the rally, a fact sheet will be distributed to all Senate offices to get the CLASS Act and the Community First Choice Option included in the final Senate health reform bill and alerts have been going out to grassroots memberships to reinforce the activities here.
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act and the Community First Choice (CFC) option are long term services and supports reforms needed now. The CLASS Act creates a national, affordable long term care insurance program. The CFC Option creates a new home and community-based service within the Medicaid state plan.