Senator Durbin's office called me today:
1.) They have heard from our community and asked us to halt the "Alerts" until we can see the revised draft bill which they are still in the process of writing;
2.) They initially planned on introducing the bill in February, but because of our concerns (Translation: Action Alerts) they have decided to take the extra time to make changes to the bill based on information from us and others;
3.) Contrary to comments made on AoA under our First Action Alert, there has never been any "revised draft" to the original bill and as of now, the original draft of the bill is the ONLY one available;
4.) They have removed the term "medical home model" BUT they still are planning on introducing a bill which includes a "demonstration project of coordinated care" which I told her sure sounds like "medical home model" language to me;
5.) TAP and Easter Seals are "still at the table" and I told her that although I would "reserve final judgment" until I personally read the revised bill, I didn't think they'd (TAP/Easter Seals) bother to keep advocating for the bill unless there was something "in it" for them;
6.) They assured me they would submit the revised draft bill to me directly and allow us time to respond to it before they introduce it;
7.) They told me the revised draft bill should be ready in a few weeks.
Bottom Line: Although they have heard us and know what our community wants, we’ll have to wait and see what the actual language of the revised draft bill contains before deciding on our next steps in regards to proceeding forward with any more alerts.
We’ll keep you posted.
Kelli Ann Davis
D.C. Political Liaison for Generation Rescue