Officials learn from MDA panel about improving access to higher education, employment and independent living for people with disabilities
When Angela Wrigglesworth, who has spinal muscular atrophy and uses a power chair, first started college at Texas A&M, she planned to be a business major.
Getting to the business school, however, involved crossing a set of train tracks, and one day, Wrigglesworth’s chair got struck on the tracks.
Wrigglesworth received help from bystanders to free her 300-pound chair before a train came...
Funds from the Affordable Care Act are now available in most states to help people move out of, or avoid, institutional care
The federal government is moving ahead with plans to expand access to home and community based services for individuals who receive Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in April that $3.7 billion in federal funds will be made available to implement the Community First Choice Option, a provision of the new health care law (the Affordable Care Act) which...
Provisions for more home- and community-based services are taking effect, but states may need a push to implement them
Nearly 3 million disabled and elderly Americans rely on Medicaid to provide home health aides, personal care attendants, group homes, adult day care, meals, transportation and other services that enable them to stay in their homes and communities and out of nursing homes.
Advocates should be aware that if your state reduces its Medicaid home-care services, whether personal attendant care hours and eligibility, home health, number of prescriptions, or other services, there may be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) legal challenges available to stop these reductions.
Be on the lookout in your state for:
Find help when challenging insurance companies for coverage of complex power mobility devices.
When you live at home, your parents tend to do everything for you. Food just magically appears in the refrigerator, electricity and water grow on trees and your service dog’s piles in the backyard disappear into thin air.
Health care, insurance and government programs
Maneuvering through health care and insurance issues, and government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security can be a dizzying process to say the least. To help, this list provides a good starting point in your search for more information and assistance.