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Listen Up, Doctors: When Patients Talk, Pay Attention

Thursday, January 26, 2017It was midnight on a Monday, and the lesion on my leg was swollen to the size of a dinner plate, hot, and extremely painful. Although I had an excision for a sebaceous cyst scheduled for Thursday with the dermatologist,…

Healthcare Reform and its Impact on the Disabled Community: Restructuring Medicaid

Thursday, January 19, 2017As cuts to the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) and Medicaid loom, the disability community is at risk. The uncertainty around impending changes have many disabled and chronically ill people quite literally in fear for their lives. As a healthcare advocate…

Why Healthcare Providers Need to Recognize and Respect Neurodiversity

Thursday, December 1, 2016Growing up as an undiagnosed autistic girl, I had many “behaviors” that baffled my parents and medical professionals. Seemingly unprovoked meltdowns, ritualistic, repetitive movements, and episodes of compulsive self-injury were explained away as a part of puberty, or diagnosed as…

This Year, I Have a Reason to Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 26, 2016National Disability Employment Awareness Month has a different feel for me this year because I recently accepted an offer for my first professional job as the new Project Manager for the CareerACCESS Program at the World Institute on Disability (WID). …

Report details vast discrimination in health care facilities

Tuesday, November 29, 2011The Equal Rights Center recently released an extensive report highlighting a range of Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility violations in health care facilities.
Reports Cites Inaccessible Facilities
According to the report, just 25 percent of the nation’s medical service providers…

Affordable Care Act amended

Saturday, November 26, 2011Legislation closing a loophole in the Obama health care bill, that would have provide Medicaid to three million new individuals, was signed President Obama on Monday.
Medicaid Fix Enacted
The provision, which was found after the Affordable Care Act was…

HHS sets new standards to track health care statistics

Tuesday, November 8, 2011The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new regulations October 31 to improve health care data collection and reporting to identify and improve disparities of services.
New Standards
The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act requires the department to…

CLASS Act on the ropes?

Monday, October 3, 2011The federal Department of Health and Human Services shut down the office in charge of implementing the CLASS Act on September 23, putting in doubt the future of one of the Obama health care bill’s signature programs for dealing with…

“The system is broken”

Saturday, October 1, 2011A recent Los Angeles Times article examines the overwhelming influx of patients with mental disabilities into emergency rooms across California, as the state continues to slash mental health services.
Reduction in crisis services
“There has been a wholesale reduction across…

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