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Republican Opposition To KanCare 2.0 Echoing Democratic Gripes on Privatized Medicaid

A push by the Brownback administration to keep turning to private firms to run its Medicaid program for years to come faces resistance from key Republican lawmakers.

Those legislators have signaled they want existing problems repaired with KanCare — particularly application backlogs, delays in provider payments and disputes over services for Kansans with disabilities. ...

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Low Income Energy Assistance Program Helps Heat Homes

Heating your home during the winter months can create a financial burden. In an effort to help keep Kansans warm this winter, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) will begin accepting applications for its Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) on Tuesday, Jan. 16. ...

... LIEAP provides an annual benefit to help qualifying households pay winter heating bills. Persons with disabilities, older adults and families with children are the primary groups assisted. ...

Read the full story on our Housing News page

Money Follows the Person program at risk

... NCOA has worked closely with Sens. Portman (R-OH) and Cantwell (D-WA) on new legislation (S. 2227) to extend the program for five years. ...

... Extending Money Follows the Person  is a common sense Medicaid reform. It improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities while assisting states with moving away from funding nursing homes in favor of more cost-effective home and community-based services. We encourage you to ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 2227.

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New to the TILRC Website:

The Fully Accessible Guide to Home Loans for People with Disabilities - This guide offers a comprehensive overview of resources and opportunities that can help you overcome the financial challenges that stand between you and homeownership.

Right to Emotional Support Animals in "No Pet" Housing - This factsheet by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law explains a renter with a disability's right to an emmotional support animal and information to help in requestioning a rasonable accommodation.

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

Accessible Technology Webinar Series

PDF Accessibility: A Deeper Dive – Exploring Tools and Solutions, January 18, 2018, 1-2:30pm CDT


Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinars

Ticket to Work: The Pathway to Financial Independence, January 24, 2018, 2-3:30pm CDT


Accessibility Online Webinars

Outdoor Developed Areas (A Refresher), February 01, 2018; 1:30pm CDT


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

RTC: Rural is conducting interviews for a study on how young adults with disabilities participate in social and community events in rural areas. Participants must be 18 to 34 years old, be in or from a town of less than 10,000 inhabitants, and have had an IEP in high school and/or a current disability. Participation involves a 1 to 2 hour interview and participants will be compensated for their time. For more information, contact Rayna Sage, PhD, at 406/243-5233 or rayna.sage@umontana.edu.

Research Participants being recruited by KU for a study on participation in volunteer activities by people with mobility-limiting impairments. For more information contact Alicia Sellon at aliciasellon@ku.edu, 785-864-4778.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) launched AirAccess30.org to collect stories from PVA members and the disability community about their air travel experiences. PVA is working with the broader disability community to bring attention to the successes and failures in air travel for passengers with disabilities. Please share your stories on the site and on social media with the hashtag #ACAA30.

Transportation Access and Experiences Survey -This survey which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. Responses to the survey will be used to make improvements at regional and national levels.

Crutch User Survey - Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) are looking into ways to improve walking assistance provided by walking crutches in a grant from the National Science Foundation. To help better guide this research and make future crutches more effective and usable, they are asking crutch users for their help in completing a short survey about crutch use.

United Spinal Association Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey - This survey is being done to gather information on the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to get timely repairs to their wheelchairs. The results will be shared with Medicare officials and policymakers

Wireless RERC Survey on Emergency Communications & People with Disabilities - This survey by the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center asks you to share some information about yourself, your experiences, and your preferences for communicating in emergencies. Your answers will be used to improve accessibility of emergency communications for people of all ages and abilities.

ITEM Coalition Survey on Access to Assistive Devices Under Medicare - The Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition is surveying Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities and chronic conditions to assess their experience accessing the devices they need to function independently in everyday life. ITEM is interested in getting feedback from individuals who access medical device and assistive technology in areas where Medicare has implemented a selective provider contracting program known as the DME Competitive Bidding Program, and comparing that feedback to individuals who use devices outside of those areas.

SABE Self Determination Survey - Tell SABE if your local or statewide self advocacy organization's activities help its members to be more self-determined.

SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD! - Help eliminate the use of the R-word in everyday speech.

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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