Disability & Public Health News

Week of August 21

September 17-23: Wellness Week for Persons with Mental Illness SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has announced National Wellness Week. Learn more now. September 7-14: Health Insurance Exchange Regional Conference Calls HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) will conduct regional conference calls on health insurance exchanges, between September 7-14. The schedule is […]

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Week of August 14

New Census Report: 57 Million Americans with Disabilities July 2012 report on the 2010 census: one in five Americans have a disability, roughly half with a severe disability. Learn more now. Heritage Foundation Opposition to U.N. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities On August 1, the Heritage Foundation issued a statement opposing the U.N. […]

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Week of July 31

Wal-Mart Sued By Disability Advocates Over Inaccessible Payment Machines Covered July 25 by Fox News, Reuters, and San Jose Mercury and July 26 by Examiner and Huffington Post. Learn more now. Kansas City, Missouri-Justice Department Reach ADA Settlement On July 25, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an agreement with Kansas City, Missouri over […]

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Week of July 24

Disability Organizations Boycott Hotels Over Accessible Swimming Pools The July 19 Los Angeles Times and Seattle Post reported a boycott by the American Association of People with Disabilities, National Disability Rights Network, ADAPT, and National Council on Independent Living of hotel chains represented on the boards of directors of the American Hotel and Lodging Association […]

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Week of July 17

Children with Disabilities More Likely To Face Violence The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) have issued a report that children with disabilities are more likely to face violence. Learn more here. Key National Indicators of Child Well Being July 7 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report is here. C-SPAN Discussed Child […]

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Week of July 10

GAO Examines 45 Federal Employment Programs for Persons with Disabilities – Fragmented, Overlapping, Little Known About Effectiveness GAO (Government Accountability Office) is the program investigative office of the U.S. Congress. Learn more here on a June 2012 GAO study of federal programs promoting employment for persons with disabilities. Media – More People Gain Disability Benefits […]

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Week of July 2

Supreme Court’s ACA Decision – Implications for Medicaid and Exchanges Many, many wonderful organizations have publicly available analyses of the June 28 Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). AAHD has a particular interest in the relationship between Medicaid and the health insurance exchanges. One organization website that we particularly value is the […]

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Week of June 26

Georgia-Iowa-Mississippi-Missouri Join Maryland and New Hampshire as CMS Balancing Incentives Grantees There are now six states receiving Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) grants under the Affordable Care Act to rebalance their systems toward home and community based services. Learn more now. 43 States, DC Use One of 5 Affordable Care Act Options to Expand […]

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Week of June 19

National Prevention Council Action Plan Released Link here for the action plan and the action plan fact sheet. Half of U.S. Adults Did Not Receive Prevention Services Before 2010 See June 14 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) release here. Wellness Programs – Evaluating the Promises and Pitfalls See June Families USA report here. […]

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Week of June 12

CDC Issues Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Report On June 8, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report. The report is here. Host of Employer Resources At Your Fingertips The 2012 second quarter American Psychiatric Foundation Partnership for Workplace Mental Health free newsletter is here. HHS Announces New […]

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