The proposed MassHealth cuts have been rescinded. This would, among other things, stop planned cuts to PCA services. The state was able to unexpectedly find funds, which will now be applied to cover the MassHealth deficit for the current fiscal year as well as other programs and services that had been slated for deep cuts.
In view of this, the December 10 protest rally at the State House has been cancelled. Advocacy will need to continue in the coming months—the state budget for the coming fiscal year remains dire. But for maybe a few weeks we can exhale a little. Thanks to the many who have made calls, written letters, and gone to the State House, making MassHealth and PCA services a hot topic at the State House and EOHHS.
Quick calls of thanks to the Governor’s office would be helpful. The Governor’s office telephone number: 617-725-4005.
info provided by Boston Center for Independent Living
Speak out against PCA cuts!
Thursday, December 10, noon,
Governor Patrick’s Office, State House
As many as 1,700 people are targeted to be cut from the PCA program. These medically-necessary services will be eliminated for people receiving less than 15 hours of services a month. People will lose assistance with bathing, dressing, and toileting. These are people with back injuries, diabetes, cancer, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, progressive diseases. These are people who are under twenty, over eighty, and all ages in between.
As we cope with the current budget deficit, let the Governor know that those of us with disabilities need PCA services to remain in the Community!
Why not cut non-community services? Why are we building a new hospital for those of us with mental health needs in Worcestor? Can that be cut?
Have your voice heard! Come with us on December 10 to the Governor’s Office, and speak your mind, give your suggestions on how not to cut the PCA program.
CLASS Act will provide those of us with disabilities and working a chance to have a long term supports and services outside of Medicaid, and the entrance into poverty. Call your Senators today and everyday to have CLASS Act stay in the health reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Thank you!.