Welcome to LRM'S PLACE, the personal web site of
yours truly, Laura Remson Mitchell.
For more than 30 years, I
worked as a public policy analyst,
consultant and writer, primarily in the areas of economic, health-care
disability issues. (For more on my background, you
can read my online BIOGRAPHICAL
SKETCH or check out my listing in the Who's Who in
the West or Who's Who Among American Women.)
Although this site deals
primarily with public policy, it also includes other areas that
interest me. The site was intended to be an ongoing project, but I
haven't been updating much recently. For example, many of the links on
the Links pages probably are outdated, and I haven't been tracking
legislation. However, I hope to add some new items to this website in
the future. Meanwhile, I believe some of the articles and papers at
this website continue to
be relevant to current public policy discussions, and I hope they will
be considered in developing, analyzing, and implementing proposals to
health-care and disability issues.
As anyone who knows me could
tell you, I've never been shy about expressing my opinions. So, of
course, I have posted some of those opinions here.
Please remember that unless otherwise indicated, these opinions are my
own and don't necessarily reflect the views of any group or
organization with which I have worked or currently may be working.
I also like to play and write
music. For several years, I've worked with MIDI music. So
I've included links to some of my songs, including one I wrote as a
theme for the disability rights movement. The disability rights song is
for All, after a national network of disability rights
advocates associated with Medal of Freedom winner Justin Dart, Jr.,
which is now part of the American Association of Persons with
To hear mp3 versions of my original music, go to http://psrtutorial.com/perf/lauraRMitchell.html
Scroll down to "Laura's Juke Box" on the right
side of the page to listen. Scroll
to the bottom of the page and click on "Laura's MP3 Songs and Comments"
for comments and/or to download songs. (Note:
You need Flash Player for the juke box to work. If you don't
have the software, you can download
it for free here.
Audio versions of selected songs added Nov.
15, 2001. Real Audio of my originalcomposition,
As Heaven Weeps,
added Nov. 19, 2001.] See Songs page for
information on getting free Real Player software. As Heaven Weeps and
many more of my songs also are now available in near-CD quality .mp3
format at my MP3 web page, < http://psrtutorial.com/perf/lauraRMitchell.html
(LRM's Place is part of several "web rings," which link pages that
share a similar theme. Clicking on the Web Rings option above
will take to a page that lists the web rings to which LRM's Place
currently belongs and gives you
several options for viewing the member sites within each
ring. Most recently added: Disability
Studies Web Ring.)
Power Point Shows: Follwing are links to two Power
Point shows that may be of interest. The first is based on
a presentation I made at the RespectAbility disability rights
conference in Los Angeles (Oct. 3-4, 2003). The second is a
brief explanation of the California legislative system and ways to do
legislative advocacy. Neither is exhaustive. However, they may provide
a good starting point for those new to health-care issues from a
disability perspective or to legislative advocacy.
These shows are interactive, not automated, so that you will be
able to control the speed of the show and focus on each element
individually until you are ready to proceed. To advance the show, press
the spacebar or the Page Down key on your computer, or click your left
mouse key. To go back to the previous element in the show, press the
Up key. (I'm not certain whether the show will play on a computer that
doesn't have Microsoft Power Point installed. Please e-mail
me if you have any impairment-related accessibility problems
with these files.)
Based on my panel presentation at
the 2002 Workforce Inclusion Conference in Los Angeles, CA, this is my
attempt to share some of what I have learned
about effective public policy analysis and advocacy.
Long-time advocates probably already know this, but for
those just starting out, I thought it might be helpful. (By
the way, I welcom your feedback. You can send me e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .)
Miscellaneous articles and stories by
yours truly. (Please check the main Articles/Stories
page if you are interested in reprinting any of these copyrighted
items.) [Latest article added June
Note: When you click on the links below, you may see a warning that the stated web address is different from the target address. That's because the links below are shortcuts. They direct you to the full addresses when you click on them.
Click book cover image to link to the Kindle edition of my
science fiction novel.
My comments on proposed
regulations for California's Medicaid program regarding coverage for
durable medical equipment. The comments were submitted on
July 28, 2000. Note: The Sept. 25, 2000,
version of Medi-Cal Regulation R-5-99E (which was revised
following the comment period) specified that the Medi-Cal definition of
"durable medical equipment" includes equipment needed because of a
functional impairment and that it includes equipment appropriate for
use outside of the patient's home as well as inside. This is a very
significant change for the better.
Mitchell remarks to HICAP
managers and staff regarding Medicare failure to meet the needs of
people with disabilities, especially non-elderly
beneficiaries. Includes discussion of Medicare standards for
coverage of wheelchairs, scooters and other durable medical equipment.
[Added Aug. 25, 2000]
My written comments to the
California Assembly Committee on Human Services in response to a March
14, 2001, videoconference/hearing on "Supports for Californians with
Disabilities: Enhancing Independence." This hearing was conducted in
Sacramento with video links to several sites around the
staate. Many individuals with disabilities were able to
participate in the hearing via the "satellite" sites. [Added March 28, 2001]
My comments on behalf of the
Alliance and the California Work Group on Work Incentives and Health
regarding California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's effort to "redesign"
California's version of Medicaid. Redesign was an effort to effect a
overhaul of Medi-Cal in response to California's budget crisis. The
addressed in my comments don't sound much like the kind of
day-to-day things that worry many Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Those
have been raised elsewhere in the process. But the concepts of
medicine" and "cost effectiveness" can have a big influence on access
appropriate health care. If done right, applying these concepts can
care. If done wrong, they can undermine it.
[Html version of this file
12, 2006. Note: the
html version has been slightly modified in recognition of the fact that
the comments apply to Medicaid in all states, not just in
Ron Unz has put together a
website to serve as a resource for historians and researchers. I am
pleased that he has included the articles I wrote for the California Journal between May 1977 and February 1981. Subjects
include California's business climate, rent control, assessment
practices in the wake of Prop. 13, the politics of busing and the San
Fernando Valley, and some insights into the nature of economic
forecasting, which often plays an important role in developing budgets.
The articles apparently were
scanned to pdf files; so you will need Adobe Reader to read them. You
can download this
software for free from the Adobe website.