By RYAN WICKER
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today called on Congress to pass the Disability Integration Act. Schumer explained that this new legislation will allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live independently and in the comfort of their own home, rather than being put in an institutional facility. If Congress passes it, this legislation would prohibit public entities and insurance providers that pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS) from using waiting lists, screening people out, capping services, under-paying workers for services or taking any other actions that would restrict the home- and community-based services provided to people with disabilities.
“Individuals with disabilities have the right to live independent, fulfilling lives amongst their families and friends – but right now, they are often denied the kind of at-home services and supports that then keep them in institutional settings, far from their loved ones and communities. We need to be doing everything in our power to make sure they have the resources needed to live and thrive in the comfort of their own homes,” said Schumer. “This legislation will finally give individuals with disabilities the option to receive these types of services at home, so that they can continue living life to the fullest in their own communities.”
Additionally, Schumer said that this bill will lessen the financial burden on those individuals who choose not to live in a facility and may be forced to pay high insurance costs out-of-pocket. As a result, this legislation will ease the emotional toll on family members of disabled individuals who do not receive necessary services and supports.
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