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Advocacy Alert Update: Senate Bill Makes Deeper Cuts to Medicaid!, June 23, 2017

Advocacy Alert Update: Senate Bill Makes Deeper Cuts to Medicaid!, June 23, 2017

Deeper Medicaid cuts in Senate bill draw resistance from disabled, By Andy Marso, June 22, 2017

These are all the people the Senate health care bill will hurt, By Dylan Matthews, June 22,2017

Senate GOP brings Obamacare repeal bill out of the shadows, By Adam Cancryn , Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, June 22, 2017

Ear To The Door: 5 Things Being Weighed In Secret Health Bill Also Weigh It Down, By Julie Rovner, June 16, 2017

Advocacy Alert: Senate AHCA Vote Imminent!, June 16, 2017

Moran weighs in on health care bill at rowdy town hall in Lenexa, By Bryan Lowry, June 12, 2017

GOP Medicaid Cuts Hit Rural America Hardest, Report Finds; By Phil Galewitz, June 07, 2017

Republicans Return From Recess Under Health Care Time Crunch, By Joe Williams, June, 05,2017

Olathe Native And Former Medicare-Medicaid Official: GOP Health Bill Poses Threats To Families, By Dan Margolies, June 02, 2017

Trump Budget Proposal Slashes Disability Services, By Seth McBride, May 31st, 2017

A Busy Week For Health: Budget Cuts, CBO Scores And Mitch McConnell’s Cryptic Signal, By Kaiser Health News, May 26, 2017

Trump's New Budget Plan Guts Medicaid. Here's What You Need to Know, By Alicia Adamczyk, May 23, 2017

Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits, By Damian Paletta, May 21, 2017

ADAPT Thanks Rep Jim Sensenbrenner for introducing Disability Integration Act (DIA), From ADAPT, May 17, 2017

CMS Gives States Until 2022 To Meet Medicaid Standards Of Care, By Phil Galewitz, May 11, 2017

Political Theater: How A Bill That Nearly All Opposed Managed To Pass The House, By Phil Galewitz, May 05, 2017

A Squeaker In The House Becomes Headache For The Senate: 5 Things To Watch, By Julie Rovner, May 04, 2017

What's actually in the GOP health care bill, By Brianna Ehley, May 04, 2017

House approves Obamacare repeal bill, By Kyle Cheney, John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade, May 04, 2017

GOP rushing to vote on healthcare without analysis of changes, By Peter Sullivan and Cristina Marcos, May 03, 2017

5 Trump health care promises that won't become reality, By Dan Diamond, May 01, 2017

What Changed in the Health Repeal Plan to Win Over the Freedom Caucus, By Margot Sanger-Katz, April 26, 2017

White House plans Obamacare showdown next week, By Adam Cancryn, April 20, 2017

Obamacare repeal bill is the zombie GOP can’t kill — or bring back to life, By Jennifer Haberkorn and Kyle Cheney, April 14, 2017

Death By 1,000 Cuts: How Republicans Can Still Alter Your Coverage, By Jay Hancock, April 10, 2017

GOP Has No Choice But To Keep Pushing Health Care Rock Up The Hill, By Julie Rovner, April 06, 2017

The ACA Is Safe for Now, But What’s Ahead?, By Howard Bedlin, March 27, 2017

House Leaders ‘Came Up Short’ In Effort To Kill Obamacare, By Mary Agnes Carey, March 24, 2017

GOP Health Plan Aims To Curb Medicaid, Expand State Options, By Phil Galewitz, March 22, 2017

ACA repeal bill would cap Medicaid payments below actual costs, By Harris Meyer, March 08, 2017

G.O.P. Repeal Bill Would Cut Funding for Poor and Taxes on Rich, By Margot Sanger-Katz, March 07, 2017

5 takeaways from the leaked Republican bill to repeal Obamacare, By Dylan Scott, February 24, 2017

Republicans Eye Medicaid Cuts to Help Finance Their New Health Plan, By Eric Pianin, February 16, 2017

A Guide To Budget Reconciliation: The Byzantine Rules For Disassembling The Health Law, By Julie Rovner and Francis Ying, February, 06, 2017

U.S. Access Board Issues Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment, From the U.S. Access Board, January 09, 2017

Expect Medicaid to Change, but Not Shrivel, Under Donald Trump, By Robert Pear, November 15, 2016

Tammy Duckworth: Our Champion in Congress, By Ian Ruder, October 03, 2016

Recognizing the Impact of Voters with Disabilities on National Voter Registration Day, By Phillip Pauli, September 27, 2016

Adding Up the Clinton and Trump Health-Reform Proposals, By Zachary Tracer and Sahil Kapur, September 22, 2016

Clinton makes an unusual push: To win over disabled people and their families, By John Wagner and Abby Phillip, September 21, 2016

Recognizing the Power of Voters with Disability: Polling, Marching, Voting, By Phillip Pauli, September 20, 2016

Doctor's Offices Should Get More Accessible Under New Rules, By Rachel Patterson, September 14, 2016

One In Six Eligible Voters Has A Disability, By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, September 12, 2016

Disability Could Play Outsized Role In Election, By Shaun Heasley, August 16, 2016

Federal Health Officials Seek to Stop Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents, By Charles Ornstein and Jessica Huseman, August 08, 2016

RespectAbility Unveils #PwDsVote Disability Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates, By Lauren Appelbaum, August 7, 2016

DNC Changes Platform to Include Long Term Care, By Maureen Gazda, July 23, 2016

NCD Encourages People with Disabilities to Register to Vote, From the National Council on Disability, July 11, 2016

House Panel Extends Funding For Medicare Program To Help Consumers, By Susan Jaffe, July 7, 2016

Sanders, other lawmakers urge FDA approval of generic Crestor, By Ed Silverman, July 07, 2016

U.S. completes 'takedown' of Medicare fraud: officials, By Sarah N. Lynch, June 22, 2016

Disabled Voters Feeling Ignored By Candidates Take Election Into Own Hands, By Alex Zielinski, ThinkProgress, March 01, 2016

BBB: Scammers target taxpayers and tax preparers, By the Better Business Bureau, February 14, 2016

7 Issues That Matter To Disabled Voters In 2016, By S. E. Smith, Bustle, February 08, 2016

A Voter’s Guide To The Health Law, By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, February 05, 2016

Report Release - “Implementing the Affordable Care Act: A Roadmap for People with Disabilities”, By the National Council on Disability (NCD), January 19, 2016

Senate Questions 'Egregious' Price Hikes For Specialty Medicines, By Alison Kodjak, National Public Radio (NPR), December 09, 2015

How the Budget Deal Blunts Medicare Cost Increases, Tweaks Social Security, By Eileen Ambrose, AARP Bulletin Today, October 28, 2015

Feds Call for More Scrutiny of Nursing Home Errors Involving Blood Thinner, By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, August 03, 2015

Congress Overwhelmingly Approves Bill Bolstering Medicare Patients’ Hospital Rights, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, July 29 2015

U.S. Access Board Releases Next Installment of the Online Guide to the ADA and ABA Standards, From the United States Access Board, July 27, 2015

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Legislation

Disability Integration Act (S 910) - This ground-breaking legislation will finally, truly support full implementation and compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Olmstead requirements that mandate effective home and community service and support alternatives to nursing facilities and other institutions. The Disability Integration Act (DIA) neither creates a new program, nor is it based on or restricted to a particular funding stream. DIA requires both public and private providers of long term care to provide a home and community alternative to any institutional benefit. For example, for the first time, individuals with behavioral and/or mental health disabilities served in non-Medicaid funded institutions would have a right to be afforded an appropriate home and community service and support alternative. If DIA is passed, there will be no more waiting lists for Medicaid (KanCare) HCBS programs, caps on type or scope of service, or limitations on where the service may be provided. (DIA Fact Sheet, DIA Bill Summary)

To contact your U. S. Senators visit: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm#.

To contact your U. S. House of Representatives member visit: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

The Access Board or Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board develops minimum guidelines and requirements for standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), develops accessibility guidelines for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment under the Telecommunications Act, provides technical assistance on those guidelines, and enforces the Architectural Barriers Act.

ADA Accessibilty Guidelines (ADAAG), the ADAAG contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. These scoping and technical requirements are to be applied during the design, construction, and alteration of buildings and facilities covered by titles II and III of the ADA to the extent required by regulations issued by Federal agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation, under the ADA. (printable PDF version)

The ADA Home Page is the definitive source for information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provides personalized, local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible. The Network is not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA’s mission to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.”

ArchiveADA serves as a comprehensive, online archive of documents and history related to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).  Here you can find the text of the law, legislative history, congressional hearings, Supreme Court cases, federal regulations, policy and advocacy documents and additional information related to the passage of the original ADA and the ADAAA.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), and several other health-related programs.

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section works to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).The Section also carries out responsibilities under Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Disability.gov is the federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) strives to increase home ownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal civil rights laws dealing with employment and provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is one of 10 modal administrations within the U.S. Department of Transportation. FTA administers federal funding to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the U.S., including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, and people movers.

Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and Guide to the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Standards - these new online guides fron the U. S. Access Board feature illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations.

HCBSadvocacy.org is a new platform to share information and resources regarding the new Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule and stay informed about steps each state is taking to comply with the new rule. The website is a project of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, and the National Disability Rights Network. It includes news and documents from states, advocacy resources, comment deadlines, and links to the final rule and official guidance. Send your news and resources to post to the site to hcbsadvocacy@gmail.com.

The Job Accommodation Network or JAN, is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.

Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease.

Medicaid is a Federal/State entitlement program that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources.

The Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Therefore, OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

The Social Security Administration pays retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administer the Supplemental Security Income program. We also issue Social Security numbers. See our Quick Guide to all Social Security services.

THOMAS is your one-stop resource for free access to federal legislative information.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program's Website is dedicated to providing information about veteran benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to veterans, employers, and the general public.

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Publications

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, This official online version of the standards brings together the information on the scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations resulting from the adoption of revised 2010 Standards in the final rules for Title II (28 CFR part 35) and Title III (28 CFR part 36) in one easy-to-access location. The webpage also includes guidance on the 2010 Standards from the revised regulations for Titles II and III. This explanatory information from the regulations addresses the scoping and technical provisions of the 2010 Standards.

ADA Checklist for Polling Places (PDF) - this updated technical assistance publication on polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities from the Department of Justice includes a survey to guide election officials in evaluating the accessibility of facilities used or being considered for use as polling places.

ADA Update: A Primer for Small Businesses is a new U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division illustrated guide to help small business owners understand the new and updated requirements of the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations that took effect on March 15, 2011.

JAN ADA Hot Links and Document Center links you to nearly every free publication on the ADA that is published by the federal government.

The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier.

Implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA): A Roadmap for People with Disabilities - this is the first in a series of three reports by the National Council on Disability regarding the implementation, impact, and enforcement of ACA. It provides a roadmap for monitoring the implementation of ACA and for making sure that this important federal law supports the outcomes the disability community has prioritized.

Medicaid Cuts in House ACA Repeal Bill Would Limit Availability of Home- and Community-Based Services - This report explains why the House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) plan to cap and cut federal Medicaid funding would force many states to make excruciating decisions on whom they cover, the benefits they provide, and how much they pay providers, and likely would jeopardize coverage and care for people who receive Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).

Medicaid, the Budget, and Deficit Reduction: The Threat Continues by Families USA, August 2011 - This policy paper explains the threat to Medicaid posed by the debt ceiling compromise and urges advocates to speak up about the importance of Medicaid and the dangers of cutting the program.

National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, October 2014 - The National Council on Disability (NCD) 2014 Progress Report focuses on seven key areas: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), employment access and inclusion, subminimum wage, education outcomes, Medicaid managed care, mental health care, and data trends in disability policy. The report identifies opportunities to promote public policies that contribute to a more inclusive environment.

National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, October 2011 - in this report, the National Council on Disability (NCD) assesses the current state of people with disabilities in America and how emerging trends and government policies are impacting the quality of their lives. The report offers a broad range of recommendations for reforms designed to enhance the independence and self-sufficiency of people with disabilities.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Summary by Kaiser Family Foundation, April 2010 - The summary of the new law, and changes made to the law by subsequent legislation, focuses on provisions to expand coverage, control health care costs, and improve health care delivery system.

Power in Numbers: A Profile of American Voters with Disabilities - this first of its kind survey, by the National Youth Transitions Collaborative, examines the political impact of of people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. The results reveal information about the political views, advocacy trends and partisanship of people with disabilities.

Restriping Parking Spaces - This U.S. Department of Justice compliance brief provides information about the features of accessible car and van parking spaces and how many accessible spaces are required when parking facilities are restriped.

Fact sheets on the Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title II (These final rules will take effect March 15, 2011):

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals: Where are they allowed and under what conditions? - This guide provides an overview of how major Federal civil rights laws govern the rights of a person requiring a service or emotional support animal.

Summary of Key Changes in Revised ADA Regulations - The Southeast ADA Center, one of ten regional resources in the DBTAC National Network of ADA Centers, has put together this summary of key changes about the revised and expanded regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that took effect on March 15, 2011.

The Americans with Disabilities Act & Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities - This publication provides technical assistance on federal laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act.

Voters with Disabilities: More Polling Places Had No Potential Impediments Than in 2000, but Challenges Remain, GAO-09-685, June 2009 - This report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that access for voters with disabilities has improved since the 2000 election, but many problems remain.

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