U.S. Senate Says ADA Still Lagging After Olmstead Ruling

Individuals with disabilities are still being segregated in nursing homes 14 years after the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision said the practice violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a new report from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

After surveying all 50 states, Sen. Harkin found that nearly 250,000 working-age Americans are still wrongfully segregated in nursing homes, and only 12 states spend most of their Medicaid funds on community-based care, not institutional care.

“[M]any states are still not making a commitment to provide all individuals with disabilities the choice to live in their own homes and communities,” Sen. Harkin said in statement. “This is amazing given that study after study has shown that home and community-based care is not only what people want, but is more cost-effective.” Harkin’s report includes a number of recommendations for congressional, state and executive actions.

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