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
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
Disability Could Play Outsized Role In Election, By Shaun Heasley, August 16, 2016
RespectAbility Unveils #PwDsVote Disability Questionnaire for Senate and Gubernatorial Candidates, By Lauren Appelbaum, August 7, 2016
NCD Encourages People with Disabilities to Register to Vote, From the National Council on Disability, July 11, 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
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
5 Ways Obamacare Could Change When the Supreme Court Rules, By Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times, June 22, 2015
5 Things To Know About The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law, By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, February 27, 2015
HHS announces major changes to its Medicare payment formula, By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau, January 26, 2015
TILRC applauds judge’s decision to strike down DOL overtime rule, By Topeka Independent Living Resource Center (TILRC), January 15, 2015
Judge strikes down wage boost for some home workers, By Sam Hananel, Yahoo News, December 22, 2014
With Caregiver Pay Hike, States Warned About ADA Obligations, By Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, December 19, 2014
Vivek Murthy, the New Surgeon General, Isn’t Afraid to Take a Stand, By Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, December 16, 2014
Bipartisan bill to widen federal help for disabled, By Hope Yen, Associated Press, December 03, 2014
New VA chief may fire 1,000 staffers over healthcare scandal, By Matt Hansen, Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2014
Federal Disability Policy Progress Report for 2014 Issued by the National Council on Disability, From the National Council on Disability (NCD), October 31, 2014
EEOC Chair Yang Calls for Renewed Effort to Hire People with Disabilities, From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), October 15, 2014
FCC Votes to Require Closed Captioning for Web Clips, By Stephanie Mlot, PC Magazine, July 11, 2014
Dole, Harkin Renew Disability Treaty Push After SCOTUS Decision, By Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call, June 03, 2014
Republican pushes mental health bill after Calif. mass shooting, By Elise Viebeck, The Hill, May 29, 2014
Sylvia Mathews Burwell approved by Finance for HHS post, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, May 21, 2014
Medicare Fraud Strike Force charges 90 individuals for approximately $260 million in false billing, From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), May 13, 2014
Board Issues Guidelines for Emergency Transportable Housing, From the U.S. Access Board, May 07, 2014
Senate Discusses Law Enforcement and People with Disabilities, From the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), May 01, 2014
Saylor's mother to testify before congressional committee, By Danielle E. Gaines, Frederick News-Post, April 15, 2014
Board Launches Online Guides to the ADA and ABA Standards, From the U.S. Access Board, April 14, 2014
Mental Health Groups Split on Bill to Overhaul Care, By Benedict Carey, New York Times, April 02, 2014
The U.S. and the CRPD: An Interview with USICD President Marca Bristo, By Pierce Nahigyan, NationofChange, March 25, 2014
Analysts say 6 million health care enrollees in sight, By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY, March 26, 2014
Health law enrollment hits 5 million with two weeks to go, By Kyle Cheney, Politico, March 17, 2014
How Proposed Part D Changes Are Playing On Capitol Hill, By Kaiser Health News, March 07, 2014
Medicare Urged to Rethink Revamp of Part D Drug Plan, By Jennifer Corbett Dooren, Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2014
Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services announce record-breaking recoveries resulting from joint efforts to combat health care fraud, From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), February 26, 2014
Hill Plan Would Reward Medicare Doctors For Quality, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, February 07, 2014
Presidential Panel Calls For Improved Voting Accessibility, By Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, January 24, 2014
Law’s Expanded Medicaid Coverage Brings a Surge in Sign-Ups, By Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, January 20, 2014
For the Mentally Ill, Finding Treatment Grows Harder, By Gary Fields and Jennifer Corbet Dooren, Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2014
HHS Extends Coverage For Patients In Federal High-Risk Pools, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, January 14, 2014
Health Law Adds Coverage For Services Needed By People With Developmental Disabilities, By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, January 14, 2014
In A Major Shift, Medicare Wants Power to Ban Harmful Prescribers, By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, January 06, 2014
Thousands In Obamacare's High-Risk Pools Get Month's Reprieve, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, December 12, 2013
Congress Moves Closer To Changing How Medicare Pays Doctors, By Kaiser Health News, December 12, 2013
AAPD Releases the 2013 Compendium on Disability Statistics, From the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), December 11, 2013
HHS announces Affordable Care Act mental health services funding, From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), December 10, 2013
High Court Revisits Death Penalty for Mentally Disabled, By Maggie Clark, Stateline, December 06, 2013
Senate passes bill for stricter regulation of compounding pharmacies, By the Kansas City Star, November 18, 2013
6 Ideas Being Floated To 'Fix' Obamacare Sign-Up Woes, By Scott Horsley, National Public Radio (NPR), November 14, 2013
Why Insurers Cancel Policies, And What You Can Do When It Happens, By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, October 30, 2013
Tough Medicare Decisions Await Bipartisan Budget Panel, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, October 18, 2013
Questions on Obamacare answered as enrollment is set to begin, By Dave Helling, Kansas City Star, September 30, 2013
New spotlight on mental health in security screening, By Josh Gerstein, Politico, September 17, 2013
FAQ: What You Need To Know About The New Online Marketplaces, By Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, September 16, 2013
Obamacare could encourage more early retirements from baby boomers, By Diane Stafford, Kansas City Star, September 15, 2013
Long-Term Care Panel Releases Recommendations But Fails To Offer Plan To Help Pay For Services, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, September 13, 2013
For Native Americans, Mental Health Budget Cuts Hit Hard, By Laurel D. Morales, National Public Radio (NPR), September 12, 2013
Health care law saves consumers $1.2 billion nationwide, From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), September 12, 2013
Sequester Hits Special Education Like 'Ton of Bricks', By Adrienne Lu, Stateline, September 10, 2013
After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio (NPR), September 06, 2013
Medicaid expansion gap could leave poor shortchanged, By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY, September 05, 2013
Obamacare Presents Complex Choices For People With Disabilities, By Eric Whitney, CPR Aug 13, 2013
Poll Finds Disability Community Politically Engaged, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, July12, 2013
U.S. Access Board Releases Guidance on Access to Prescription Drug Container Labels, From the U.S. Access Board, July 10. 2013
Supreme Court Lets Regulators Sue Over Generic Drug Deals, By Edward Wyatt, New York Times, June 17, 2013
U.S. Access Board Releases Proposed Guidelines for Passenger Vessels, From the U.S. Access Board, June 13, 2013
Hagel orders Pentagon to buy new health records system, By Jeremy Herb and Carlo Muñoz, The Hill, May 22, 2013
New data reveal puzzling differences in hospital charges, By Tony Pugh and Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star, May 08, 2013
Legislation seeks more oversight of pharmacy compounding, By Mark Morris, Kansas City Star, May 05, 2013
Advocates Head To Court To Overturn Medicare Rules For Observation Care, By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News, May 03, 2013
What's Next In The Senate: In The Coming Weeks And After 2014, By Kaiser Health News, April 29, 2013
Translating veterans’ medical skills into nursing careers, From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), April 29, 2013
HHS would increase rewards for reporting fraud to nearly $10 million, From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), April 24, 2013
Senate panel backs Obama nominee for Medicare/Medicaid chief, By David Morgan, Reuters, April 23, 2013
Health Insurance Actuaries In the Hot Seat On ‘Rate Shock’, By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, April 18, 2013
Five Ways The President's Budget Would Change Medicare, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, April 15, 2013
'Remarkably Friendly' Hearing For Acting Medicare Chief, By Kaiser Health News, April 09, 2013
Cuts to cancer clinics put new pressure on Obama administration, By Sam Baker, The Hill, April 04, 2013
Fact/Fiction: Medicare Drug Rebates Would Kill Drugmakers’ Research and Development Budgets, By Donald Sjoerdsma, The Medicare NewsGroup, April 02, 2013
Confirmation hearing set for top healthcare nominee, By Sam Baker, The Hill, April 02, 2013
Talk of Medicare Changes Could Open Way to Budget Pact, By Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear, New York Times, March 28, 2013
Supreme Court urged to ban 'pay for delay' drug settlements, By Benjamin Goad, The Hill, March 25, 2013
Medical-Device Tax Repeal Faces Uphill Climb in Senate, By Kristina Peterson and Christopher Weaver, Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2013
At Health Law Anniversary, Even Bigger Changes Loom, By Kaiser Health News, March 21, 2013
States eye private insurance for Medicaid expansion enrollees, By Tami Luhby @CNNMoney, March 20, 2013
Supporters rally to defense of 'Obama phone' program, By Brendan Sasso, The Hill, March 16, 2013
Obama’s third day of lawmaker lunches focuses on tax, entitlement reform, Posted by Ed O'Keefe, Rosalind S. Helderman and Paul Kane, Post Politics (Washington Post), March 14, 2013
Democrats, Republicans Clash Over Health Care Savings, By Kaiser Health News, March 13, 2013
Disability Integration Act (S. 2427 & H.R.5689) - 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 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/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, 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.