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Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits like home services would likely be first to go if states face budget troubles.

July 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Republican bills to replace the federal health law would worsen rural areas’ financial straits through reductions in Medicaid funding. Patient advocates predict that would lead to fewer enrollees, more shutdowns of rural facilities, reduced payments to doctors and fewer programs for people with health needs or disabilities.

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
A high-need patient tells her story . . .

A high-need patient tells her story . . .

Annie is living with major chronic conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, COPD, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure. Because of her complex health needs, she often feels limited in what she is able to do yet avoids asking for help for fear of burdening her family.

July 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Long waits and long odds for those who need Social  Security disability

Long waits and long odds for those who need Social Security disability

In the U.S., less than half of all people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 percent — are ultimately accepted. Getting a hearing takes an average of nearly 600 days.

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘My life is very full’: People with disabilities worry about GOP Medicaid cuts

‘My life is very full’: People with disabilities worry about GOP Medicaid cuts

Many people with disabilities can live independently because of supportive services that are covered under Medicaid, the government health insurance for people with disabilities and the poor. These services would likely disappear under the GOP Medicaid cuts.

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Who else benefits from Dutch cycle lanes?

Who else benefits from Dutch cycle lanes?

There is a large group of people in the Netherlands who also benefit from well-designed cycling infrastructure, the disabled.

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

Supreme Court decision could make it easier for disabled students to sue schools

By Rebecca Beitsch Stateline A Supreme Court decision issued Wednesday could make it easier for disabled students and their parents to sue schools under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case, involving a Michigan girl and her service dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder, is one of several the court is considering during its current term […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

How to make homes better for seniors using wheelchairs or walkers

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News When Dan Bawden teaches contractors and builders about aging-in-place, he has them get into a wheelchair. See what it’s like to try to do things from this perspective, he tells them. That’s when previously unappreciated obstacles snap into focus. Bathroom doorways are too narrow to get through. Hallways don’t […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve

Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve

By Taunya English, WHYY Kaiser Health News Dementia has been slowly stealing Ruth Perez’s memory and thinking ability for 20 years. Her daughter, Angela Bobo, recalled when it was clear that her mother was never going to be the same. “She would put food together that didn’t belong together — hamburger and fish in a pot. […]

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Volunteers will hack toys for children with disabilities at UW Dec. 11

Volunteers will hack toys for children with disabilities at UW Dec. 11

On Dec. 11 at the TCAT Hack for Access: Holiday Toy event, community volunteers will disassemble and rewire toys from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Washington’s CoMotion MakerSpace to make them more accessible for children with disabilities. The event is an opportunity for community members to learn about the adaptive needs of people with […]

December 8, 2016 | By | Reply More