SCHENENCTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has called on Congress to pass the Disability Integration Act.
Currently, Schumer said Medicaide pays for services if a disabled person is institutionalized but not if they live at home or in a community. He said the new legislation will help individuals with disabilities live more independently by providing necessary at-home and community-based services and supports.
Specifically, the legislation ensures that any individual who is found eligible for institutional care must also be given the option to receive the same necessary services and supports at home, or in a setting of their choosing, that would have otherwise been provided in an institutional setting.
Moreover, Schumer said the legislation will help ease the financial burden of those who do not want to live in a facility and may be paying high out-of-pocket insurance costs for in-home services and supports.
Schumer said the the bill will help alleviate the emotional burden that family members are often faced with when taking care of their loved ones with disabilities who are not receiving the necessary services and supports.
Schumer is the sponsor of the bill. He announced it at the Wildwood Program.