... The A.C.A.’s architects did not predict that the Supreme Court would rule in 2012 that it was up to each state whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, which is how they imagined Americans with the most modest incomes would receive coverage. Even though the federal government would have helped fund the expansion, 19 states opted for ideological reasons not to do so, arguing that they are pushing back against government bloat and the fostering of dependency. A result was that the residents with the lowest incomes in those 19 states were now caught between two nonoptions: They made too much to qualify for Medicaid, or didn’t qualify at all, but they also made too little for publicly subsidized insurance on the exchanges, their income not high enough to trigger the refundable tax credits and cost-sharing that could make the possibility remotely affordable to someone making just a few dollars above the federal poverty level. ...
The National Council on Independent Living is alarmed and appalled by the December 4th segment on 60 Minutes addressing the Americans with Disabilities Act and “drive-by lawsuits.” The segment, hosted by Anderson Cooper, was one-sided, rife with inaccuracies, and glaringly dismissive of the disability community. ...
... “As technology increases and people live longer and live with more complex care needs, the family has been picking it up, not the formal health care system,” said Susan Reinhard, senior vice president and director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute. ...
Independent Living: Resources and Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible - This article from the MoneyGeek website provides an overview of how much some types of renovations cost, tips on where to find help to pay for remodeling projects and expert advice about what types of projects make sense.
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Disability Integration Act (S 2427) - 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)
Implementing Accessible Workplace Tech: Website Images, December 15, 2016, 1-2pm CDT (Rescheduled from 12/08)
ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards- Open Q & A, January 05, 2017, 1:30pm CT - This is your chance to get answers to your "burning" questions about either the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard or the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard.
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.
Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Survey of User Needs (SUN) for Wireless Technology - The purpose of the SUN is to learn about how people with disabilities use this technology and why some people with disabilities don't use these products. This information is used to let designers know the needs of people of all ages and with all types of abilities, in order of make wireless products easier to use.
George Washington University Disability and Disasters Study - GWU is conducting research about how adults with physical disabilities think about and prepare for disasters. Email email@example.com or call (202) 994-1887 for more information!
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.