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Governor hopefuls want power to change KanCare. Colyer official says they’ll have it

Topeka-Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer just lost his primary election, but he’s still moving forward with new Medicaid contracts that could affect more than 400,000 residents.

The man who defeated Colyer, Republican nominee Kris Kobach, said he doesn’t want Colyer to hamper him from making changes if he becomes governor. Sen. Laura Kelly, the Democratic nominee, and independent Greg Orman also are planning reforms if they win...

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Kansas Nears New Deal With Troubled KanCare Contractor, Maximus

Troubled Medicaid contractor Maximus could soon have a new contract with Kansas officials that pays it more to do less.

State officials say that appears to be the price of getting the job of processing applications for the privatized Medicaid program, KanCare, done right. ...

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HUD plan would raise rents for poor by 20 percent

... The “Make Affordable Housing Work Act,” announced on April 25, would allow housing authorities to impose work requirements, would increase the percentage of income poor tenants are required to pay from 30 percent to 35 percent, and would raise the minimum rent from $50 to $150 per month. ...

... The Department of Housing and Urban Development says elderly or disabled households would be exempt from the changes, but an estimated 314,000 households stand to lose their elderly or disabled status and see their rents go up, according to the outside analysis. ...

Read the full story on our Housing News page

New to the TILRC Website:

Making Homes Visitable, This new guide from the KU Research & Training Center on 
Independent Living provides information about making homes visitable by people with mobility limitations and why it matters.

Recognizing Elder Abuse and Knowing Your Rights - This guide is an informational resource on how to recognize and combat elder abuse from the National Council for Aging Care.

Disability Integration Act (S 910) - This ground-breaking legislation will finally, truly support full implementation and compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ADA, Olmstead requirements that mandate effective home and community service and support alternatives to nursing facilities and other institutions. DIA requires both public and private providers of long term care to provide a home and community alternative to any institutional benefit. (DIA Summary)


LET US HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR INDEPENDENT LIVING GOALS!

If you are a TILRC consumer you may already know how we help people who want to transition from an institution, like a nursing facility, back into the community or how we help folks get the attendant care services they need through the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Programs, but you may not be aware of all the other ways we help people with disabilities maintain or increase their independence. Learn more about how our advocates can help you be more independent in many aspects of daily living.


Job Openings

ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork) Webinars

Attend Webinar on Advocating for Increased Accessibility with Additional HAVA Funds, June 14, 2018, 3PM CDT


WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work: Support on Your Journey to Financial Independence, June 27, 2018, 2-3:30pm


AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Transportation Facilities, July 12, 2018, 1:30pm CDT - This session will review the provisions for fixed guideway stations, intercity rail stations, and bus shelters along with some additional requirements established by the U S Department of Justice.


ILRU Webinars

An IL Conversation...Peer Support: The Bread and Butter of Independent Livin, August 14, 2018, 2 - 3:30pm CDT 


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is looking for adults with disabilities to complete an online survey about getting and using health insurance and health care services. Whether you have private insurance, insurance from an employer, Medicaid, Medicare or no insurance please complete the survey. Take the CHRIL Survey on Health Reform & Disability.

Topeka Metro is conducting an online survey to gather public feedback about the direction of future transit plans. This brief interactive survey asks Topekans to share their priorities for services, routes, bus stop improvements, bus stop accessibility, and technology. The survey also includes an interactive map where current bus stops needing attention can be chosen. The survey can be accessed at www.topekametro.org/survey.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) is seeking responses from people with disabilities to its updated Survey of User Needs (SUN). The SUN is the Wireless RERC's cornerstone survey on wireless technology use by people with disabilities. User responses will help designers and engineers, as well as, the wireless industry, government regulators, and other researchers make wireless technology more accessible and useful to people with all types of disabilities. The survey is available at http://b.gatech.edu/2yvCHnz

ACTIVITY CODES FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANT SERVICES (T1019) IN THE MR/DD WAIVER AND PERSONAL SERVICES (S5126) IN THE PD AND TBI WAIVERS, (PDF Format) (Word Format)


ACTIVITY CODES FOR ATTENDANT CARE SERVICES LEVEL I, LEVEL II, AND SELF-DIRECTED IN THE FRAIL ELDERLY WAIVER, (PDF Format) (Word Format)

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