Help Could Be On The Way For The Disabled

A bill pending in Congress could change the lives of disabled Mississippians forever. At the Capitol on Tuesday, many disabled people urged other residents to call members of Congress in support of the legislation. It's called the Medicaid-based Attendant Services and Supports Act, known as MiCassa.

The legislation would give disabled people more options to live at home rather than be institutionalized. Mark Smith with the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities said, "It would open doors of opportunity than perpetuate being trapped in rooms with no doors. It would create lives of dignity rather than those of humiliation and despair. It would generate choice rather than prolong a system with single alternatives and forced segregation."

Micassa would require states to provide services like increased and improved housing options, transportation and medical equipment and supplies. Similar bills have failed for three years