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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

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

Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare subsidies, By Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan, The Hill, 06/25/15

5 Ways Obamacare Could Change When the Supreme Court Rules, By Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times, June 22, 2015

FAQ: Congress Passes A Bill To Fix Medicare’s Doctor Payments. What’s In It?, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, April 15, 2015

5 Things To Know About The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law, By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, February 27, 2015

Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, February 20, 2015

HHS announces major changes to its Medicare payment formula, By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau, January 26, 2015

High Court Considers If Providers Can Sue States For Higher Medicaid Pay, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, January 21, 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

Disability Champion Leaving Congress, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, December16, 2014

New Medicare Rules Aim to Reduce Abuse, By Jane Adamy, Wall Street Journal, December 03, 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

Medicare Revises Nursing Home Rating System, By Katie Thomas, New York Times, October 06, 2014

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial has impact larger than its size, By Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, October 05, 2014

New Details Emerge On Autism Treatment Mandate, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, September 26, 2014

Obama signs VA reform bill into law, By Martin Matishak, The Hill, August 07, 2014

House approves VA reform bill, By Lauren French, Politico, July 30, 2014

$17B deal reached on vets bill, By Martin Matishak, The Hill, July 28, 2014

FCC Votes to Require Closed Captioning for Web Clips, By Stephanie Mlot, PC Magazine, July 11, 2014

Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes By Six States, By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, July 10, 2014

Investigator Issues Sharp Criticism of V.A. Response to Allegations About Care, By Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, June 23, 2014

Senate passes VA reform bill, By Burgess Everett, Politico, June 11, 2014

VA report: Months-long waits for 57,000-plus vets, By Sarah Wheaton, Politico, June 09, 2014

Bernie Sanders, John McCain strike VA deal, By Jeremy Herb, Politico, June 05, 2014

Burwell Wins Confirmation as Secretary of Health, By Robert Pear, New York Times, June 05, 2014

Senators seek bipartisan VA deal, By Burgess Everett, Politico, June 04, 2014

Dole, Harkin Renew Disability Treaty Push After SCOTUS Decision, By Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call, June 03, 2014

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman introduces proposal to overhaul VA, By Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post, June 01, 2014

Republican pushes mental health bill after Calif. mass shooting, By Elise Viebeck, The Hill, May 29, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Florida's Strict IQ Rule for Death Penalty, By Emily Underwood, Science Magazine, May 27, 2014

VA says more veterans may use private medical services, By Paul Richter, Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2014

Sylvia Mathews Burwell approved by Finance for HHS post, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, May 21, 2014

Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins On Its Drug Program, By Charles Ornstein, National Public Radio (NPR), May 20, 2014

Growing evidence points to systemic troubles in VA healthcare system, By David Zucchino, Cindy Carcamo, Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2014

EEOC Seeks Public Input on Regulations Requiring Federal Agencies to Be ‘Model Employers’ of Individuals with Disabilities, From the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), May 15, 2014

Another Breezy Hearing for Obama Health Pick, By Robert Pear, New York Times, May 14, 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

Bipartisan Praise For Nominee To Lead HHS In Senate Hearing, By Kaiser Health News, May 08, 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

Polls Show Rising Acceptance for Obamacare, By Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times, April 28, 2014

NIH Seeking Public Comment On DSM Autism Update, By Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop, April 21, 2014

Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying, By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, April 16, 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

Sebelius Resigns; Obama Names OMB Chief Burwell To Head HHS, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, April 11, 2014

Mental Health Groups Split on Bill to Overhaul Care, By Benedict Carey, New York Times, April 02, 2014

Medicare to Publish Trove of Data on Doctors, By Louise Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, April 02, 2014

What’s New with Disability.gov? Guides to Information Answer Frequently Asked Questions for People with Disabilities, From Disability Blog, March 31, 2014

What Happens Next On The Health Law?, By Julie Appleby, Mary Agnes Carey and Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News, March 31, 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

Extra time granted for some on Obamacare, By Joanne Kenen, Politico, March 25, 2014

Health law enrollment hits 5 million with two weeks to go, By Kyle Cheney, Politico, March 17, 2014

What prevents the U.S. from signing the U.N. disabilities treaty?, By National Public Radio (NPR), March 13, 2014

White House Withdraws Plan Allowing Limits to Medicare Coverage for Some Drugs, By Robert Pear, New York Times, March 10, 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

1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes against persons with disabilities in 2012, unchanged from 2011, By the Bureau of Justice Statistics, February 25, 2014

Hill Plan Would Reward Medicare Doctors For Quality, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, February 07, 2014

State of the Union 2014: Obama embraces Obamacare, By David Nather, Politico, January 28, 2014

HHS Releases Poverty Guidelines For 2014, By Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News, January 27, 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

Congress Is Poised To Change Medicare Payment Policy. What Does That Mean For Patients And Doctors?, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, 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

What Consumers Need To Know About The Obama Plan For Canceled Health Policies, By Jay Hancock, Julie Appleby, Phil Galewitz and Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News, November 15, 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

Neediest Health Centers to Get Least ACA Funding, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, October 16, 2013

Questions on Obamacare answered as enrollment is set to begin, By Dave Helling, Kansas City Star, September 30, 2013

Neediest Health Centers to Get Least ACA Funding, By Christine Vestal, Stateline, October 16, 2013

Preliminary Obamacare cost preview data released, By Dave Helling and Diane Stafford, Kansas City Star, September 25, 2013

A 'narrow window' to implement long-term care policy, federal commission head says, By Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, September 18, 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

Federal Commission on Long-Term Care Announces Vote on Recommendations for Inclusion in Final Report, From the Commission on Long-Term Care, 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

HHS chief, visiting Georgia, urges expansion, By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News, August 12, 2013

Social Security To Drop ‘Mental Retardation’, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, August 02, 2013

Advocates for nursing home reform push back against proposed health watchdog cuts, By Fred Schulte, The Center for Public Integrity, August 01, 2013

Michigan Physical Therapist Assistant/Home Health Agency Owner Pleads Guilty for Role in Medicare Fraud Scheme, From the U.S. Department of Justice, July 24, 2013

Owner of California Medical Equipment Supply Company Found Guilty of $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme, From the U.S. Department of Justice, July 24, 2013

Philadelphia Money Launderer Pleads Guilty in Connection with Brooklyn Medicare Fraud Scheme, From the U.S. Department of Justice, July 24, 2013

Michigan Physical Therapist Assistant/Home Health Agency Owner Pleads Guilty for Role in Medicare Fraud Scheme, From the U.S. Department of Justice, July 24, 2013

Owner of California Medical Equipment Supply Company Found Guilty of $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme, From the U.S. Department of Justice, July 24, 2013

U.S. Access Board Launches Redesigned Website, From the U.S. Access Board, July 22, 2013

NAD Applauds Appointment of Claudia Gordon as Public Engagement Advisor at the White House, From the National Association of the Deaf, July 17, 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

Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts, By Fred Schulte, The Center for Public Integrity, July 01, 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

High Court Creates a Two-Tiered Medicaid System, By Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times, June 06, 2013

GOP governors’ endorsements of Medicaid expansion deepen rifts within party, By Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post, June 02, 2013

Hagel orders Pentagon to buy new health records system, By Jeremy Herb and Carlo Muñoz, The Hill, May 22, 2013

Senate Confirms Tavenner To Head CMS, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2013

How some rural areas are being pinched by lack of Medicaid expansion, By Blake Farmer, Marketplace, May 09, 2013

New data reveal puzzling differences in hospital charges, By Tony Pugh and Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star, May 08, 2013

Medicare anti-fraud effort has Missouri roots, By Lindsay Wise, Kansas City Star, May 07, 2013

Harkin Withdraws Hold On Tavenner; Reid Says Timing For Vote Is Unclear, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, May 07, 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

Tom Harkin makes hurdle for Obama’s CMS chief, By Paige Winfield Cunningham and Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, April 24, 2013

Senate panel backs Obama nominee for Medicare/Medicaid chief, By David Morgan, Reuters, April 23, 2013

Disability Advocates Arrested Outside White House, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, April 22, 2013

Mental health advocacy hits reset, By Joanne Kenen and Paige Winfield Cunningham, Politico, April 21, 2013

Health Insurance Actuaries In the Hot Seat On ‘Rate Shock’, By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, April 18, 2013

President Obama's budget: Impact on health care, By Jennifer Haberkorn and Brett Norman, Politico, April 16, 2013

Five Ways The President's Budget Would Change Medicare, By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News, April 15, 2013

Why Obama's Budget Could Make Health Waves, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio (NPR), April 11, 2013

'Remarkably Friendly' Hearing For Acting Medicare Chief, By Kaiser Health News, April 09, 2013

Eric Cantor could sway GOP for Marilyn Tavenner, By Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico, January 03, 2013

Boehner rejects Obama cuts-revenue proposal, By Reid J. Epstein and Kevin Robillard, Politico, April 05, 2013

Cuts to cancer clinics put new pressure on Obama administration, By Sam Baker, The Hill, April 04, 2013

Medicare buy-in a budget solution?, By David Rogers, Politico, April 03, 2013

Obama's Plan To Explore The Brain: A 'Most Audacious Project', By Jon Hamilton, National Public Radio (NPR), April 02, 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

FAQ On The Latest Study: Obamacare's Impact On Insurance Claim Costs, By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, March 21, 2013

Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Attracts Other States' Interest, By Julie Rovner, National Public Radio (NPR), March 26, 2013

Supreme Court urged to ban 'pay for delay' drug settlements, By Benjamin Goad, The Hill, March 25, 2013

Supreme Court Hears 'Pay To Delay' Pharmaceutical Case, By Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio (NPR), March 25, 2013

Medical-Device Tax Repeal Faces Uphill Climb in Senate, By Kristina Peterson and Christopher Weaver, Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2013

Senate Votes Against Key Health-Law Tax, By Kristina Peterson, Wall Street Journal, March 21, 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

Future Of Disability Rights Enforcement Unclear, By Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, March 19, 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

Health Care Cuts From Vaccinations to Research, By Michael Ollove, Stateline, March 11, 2013

Opening Budget Bids Set Parties' Battle Lines, By Janet Hook And Kristina Peterson, Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2013

Seeking a budget deal, Obama reaches out to Republican rank and file, By Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post, March 05, 2013

Republican goal to balance budget could mean deep cuts to health programs, By Lori Montgomery , Washington Post, March 04, 2013

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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 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.

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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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