Disability & Public Health News

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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Week of June 5

Coordinating Services for Children with Special Needs in Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon A new National Academy of State Health Policy study. Learn more now. CMS Seeks Ideas – What Is a Community Based Setting? See National Senior Centers Law Center summary here. HHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Aging and Disability Resource Centers On May […]

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Week of May 29

Arizona Rated by UCP Best Medicaid Program for Persons with ID/DD Arizona, Michigan, California, New Hampshire, and Vermont were rated by United Cerebral Palsy as the best Medicaid programs in the nation for serving persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, and Texas were rated the lowest states. The announcement was shared […]

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Week of May 22

Oregon Judge Rules that ADA Requires Integrated Employment On May 18, Disability Rights Oregon reported that on May 17 an Oregon judge ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires integrated employment programs, such as supported employment. Learn more now. Arizona Signs Agreement to Improve Services to Persons with Serious Mental Illness On May […]

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Week of May 15

Housing Disability Discrimination Complaints Soar The May 8 Disability Scoop and May 10 Huffington Post summarized an April National Fair Housing Alliance report documenting the increase in housing disability discrimination complaints. Learn more now. Judge Says Parents May Prevent Institutional Transition Despite Virginia-DOJ Settlement On May 11, Disability Scoop reported that a U.S. District Judge […]

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Week of May 8

2/3 of Private Sector Workers Do Not Have Disability Insurance See May 1 New York Times here. Speculating the Relationship Between SSDI and Labor Force Participation See May 3 Huffington Post on SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) here. Maine Reaches Legal Settlement Over Community Living for Persons with Disabilities Maine’s HHS (Department of Health and […]

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