PASCO’s Director, Barry Rosenberg, has been in advocating for persons with disabilities since 1973. He was one of two state coordinators of Family Voices back in 1993 and helped develop Medicaid Waivers for children with unique Health care needs.
Community-Based Services are Cost Effective. Information Bulletin # 281 (3/09)
Two recent studies/reports document the many ways Medicaid’s Community-Based Long Term Care Services are cost-effective as compared to expensive institutional nursing facilities:
- “Do Non-Institutional Long-Term Care Services Reduce Medicaid Spending?” written by H.S Kaye, M. LaPlante, and C. Harrington. It is in the journal Health Affairs, vol 28, no 1 (Jan/Feb 2009). http://content.healthaffairs.org/index.dtl
- “Taking the Long View: Investing in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Is Cost-Effective” written by R. Mollica, E. Kasser, L. Walker, and A. Houser. It is in the publication entitled INSIGHT on the Issues, vol I26 (March 2009), a publication of the AARP Public Policy Institute. www.aarp.org/ppi
Housing Information: Stimulus Bill and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, #280 (3/09)
Until Congress recently enacted the Stimulus Bill, the IRS had taken the position that Low-Income Housing Tax Credits were not “federal financial assistance” and therefore the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 did not apply. HUD had tacitly deferred to IRS. As a consequence, people with disabilities were frequently discriminated against in one of the largest housing programs in the country.