Welcome to LRM'S PLACE,
the personal web site of yours truly, Laura
For more than 30 years, I worked as a public policy analyst,
consultant and writer, primarily in the areas of economic, health-care and
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
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on the Links pages probably are outdated, and I haven't been tracking legislation.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 address
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 named Justice
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 Disabilities (AAPD).
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.
Real 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
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 Page
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 email@example.com .)
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 12, 2006.]
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 California Disability
Alliance and the California Work Group on Work Incentives and Health Care
regarding California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's effort to "redesign" Medi-Cal,
California's version of Medicaid. Redesign was an effort to effect a major
overhaul of Medi-Cal in response to California's budget crisis. The issues
addressed in my comments don't sound much like the kind of nitty-gritty,
day-to-day things that worry many Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Those concerns
have been raised elsewhere in the process. But the concepts of "evidence-based
medicine" and "cost effectiveness" can have a big influence on access to
appropriate health care. If done right, applying these concepts can improve
care. If done wrong, they can undermine it.
[Html version of this file added
June 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.