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|Article: Running Out Of Time, Money, And Independence?|
Running Out Of Time, Money, And Independence?
About the Author: Michael Ogg (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a retired physics professor who lives in West Windsor, New Jersey.
In a talk in Washington, DC, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talked about Michael Ogg as exhibit A for why we need Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS), part of the new Affordable Care Act (ACA). Listen to the podcast (click here).
Abstract: A professor forced into retirement by a severe disability finds his personal care assistants essential. But he may not be able to afford their help much longer—and he faces going on Medicaid and possibly becoming institutionalized.
It's 9:28 p.m. Serge punches the code into the digital lock and enters my front
door, just as he does every night, seven days a week, asking the same question
in his Haitian-accented French about how my day has been:
Serge's arrival interrupts whatever I'm doing—reading a book, listening to music, talking with friends—and I must always be home when he arrives. I resent these constraints and intrusions. This rigid schedule precludes spontaneity or unpredictability in my evening activities. Yet I have no choice: I need his help. (click here to read the complete article from HealthAffairs website)