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2016 Platform

A volunteer submitted platform suggestions on behalf of caregivers to the Democratic Party of Texas in May 2016. The 2016 platform for the Democratic Party of Texas can be found here:

The 2016 platform does not mention the word “caregiver” but has the following provisions regarding elderly and disabled people under the section on “Long-term Services and Support” on page 31:
“Longterm Services and Support
Texas Democrats believe that elderly and disabled Texans of all ages should have access to long-term services and supports that promote independent living in the most integrated setting possible. We believe the state must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore we support:
● transitioning the long-term care system to focus on home and community based services (HCBS);
● creating a national HCBS program where funding for services “follows the person”;
● fully funding all HCBS programs and ending all waiting lists for community services;
● protecting individual homesteads from repossession when recovering the cost of long-term care;
● providing elderly and disabled Texans with choices about where they want to live and receive support services;
● coordination of accessible, affordable, integrated housing and other support services;
● establishing a registry of direct service and providers and developing a training and certification program that interfaces with similar initiatives;
● access to non-medical services to contain cost and allow greater individual control;
● provide at least a $15-an-hour living wage and health benefits to all direct care workers;
● effective oversight of the Dept. Of Aging and Disabilities;
● appropriate Medicaid reimbursement rates for long-term care; and
●the provision of sufficient resources for additional random audits, facilities inspections and ombudsmen.”

Texas Democratic Party Contact Headquarters
1106 Lavaca Street #100
Austin, TX 78701

Texas Democratic Party Key Dates

  • County/Senate District Conventions were held on Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • Precinct Conventions were held on the day of the County or Senatorial District Convention, March 19, 2016.
  • The State Convention was held June 16-18, 2016 in San Antonio.

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