Advocate keeps up fight for older adults to live independently

July 6, 2023

Jay Steinhardt, 67, lives with a number of health-related challenges, including epilepsy. But he’s managed to live on his own for most of his adult life. “I have a lot of doctors appointments,” Steinhardt said. “I also have a lot of community meetings and do my community action.” Steinhardt is a fierce advocate for people living with disabilities, but it’s work that’s not easy given his own health. “I was able to find somebody that was productive and was willing to meet my schedule. Being flexible is key,” he said. This was through something called Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services. Unfortunately, Steinhardt’s insurance company does not allow such services, which once provided him up to 40 hours of assistance. His current plan allows 20. He says he’ll continue fighting. Read the full article.