FYI - The Advocacy Center will be staffing a voting hotline today to assist Louisiana voters with disabilities as they go out and vote. Trained Advocacy Center staff are available to answer questions and assist with disability-related complaints until the polls close at 8 p.m. tonight. Call 1-800-960-7705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
I'm disappointed in the Gambit's endorsement of Constitutional Amendment #1.
The Advocacy Center believes strongly that Constitutional Amendment #1 is unnecessary, that it only serves to limit legislators’ ability to fund the services that seniors and people with disabilities want and need.
By an overwhelming majority, Louisiana’s seniors and citizens with disabilities want to live in their homes and communities as long as possible. What they do not want to do is move to a nursing home. Yet, the reality is that while 25,500 people in Louisiana live in nursing homes, even more (approximately 25,600) are on a waiting list for services in their homes. More people are waiting for home and community based services than are actually living in nursing homes in Louisiana.
Constitutional amendment #1 does not protect seniors; it protects Louisiana’s nursing home industry. Protecting this fund restricts elected officials' flexibility to allocate funds based on what is needed. Home and community based services should not bear the brunt of budget cuts, while funds for nursing homes remain exempt.
The Advocacy Center supports the preservation of services for the elderly. We support the services they really want, services to help them stay in their homes, and in their communities and we believe that the best choice for Louisiana voters is to oppose Constitutional Amendment #1.
Director of Policy and Planning
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