WASHINGTON — Hundreds of disabled Americans, many in wheelchairs, rallied near the Capitol on Sunday to launch a three-day lobbying drive to shift federal dollars from nursing homes to in-home care.
"For every dollar we spend in nursing home care, we can provide services for two people in the community," rally organizer Mike Auberger said. "And nobody wants to go to a nursing home."
ADAPT, a Denver-based group that organized the lobbying drive, wants $5.5 billion in Medicaid funds shifted to help pay for in-home care for the elderly and disabled.
ADAPT's proposal does not call for new spending but rather for moving a substantial sum out of nursing homes and into home care. "What we're dealing with is the $60-billion nursing home industry," said Auberger.