Bennet reintroduces legislation to help people with disabilities access care in the setting of their choice

April 19, 2023

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet led sixteen Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Latonya Reeves Freedom Act. The bill would strengthen the civil right of Americans with disabilities to receive long-term services and supports (LTSS) in the setting of their choice. Named after Colorado activist, the Latonya Reeves Freedom Act would strengthen civil rights to help people with disabilities continue living independently. In 1991, Latonya Reeves fled a nursing home facility in Tennessee to move to Colorado so she could live independently while still accessing the care she needed. She then made it her mission to help other individuals with disabilities live independently within their own communities. The bill would guarantee minimum requirements for coverage of LTSS and may include identifying system improvements that create an option to self-direct. Read the full article.