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9th Circuit takes broad reading of mental health parity law

Tuesday, September 6, 2011Reversing a trial court decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled August 26 that Blue Shield of California must cover treatment for all “medically necessary treatments” relating to mental disabilities on par with physical disabilities under…

“The beginning of a revolution” for mental disability law

Wednesday, August 24, 2011Renowned New York Law professor Michael Perlin has released a new paper in the 2011 edition of the Law and Psychology Review reflecting on the impact of the Supreme Court’s 1972 Wyatt v. Stickney decision upholding the constitutional rights to…

Judge rules in favor of law student who is blind

Monday, August 22, 2011Deanna Jones, a third-year student at Vermont Law School, is allowed to use a laptop with certain electronic screen reading programs to take a test required for her to practice  law in her home state, a judge ruled August 2.…

Washington implements guardianship reforms

Monday, August 15, 2011All nonprofessional guardians for people with disabilities in Washington State will be required to undergo on-line training and have their licenses periodically renewed, under a new bill that went into effect July 22. Prior to filing a petition, prospective guardians…

DOJ calls out North Carolina on ADA housing violations

Wednesday, August 10, 2011In response to a July 2010 complaint filed by Disability Rights North Carolina, the Department of Justice has accused the state of illegally institutionalizing people with mental disabilities in its system of adult care homes.
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Suit alleges ADA violations in MassHealth procedures

Monday, August 8, 2011The Disability Policy Consortium filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against Massachusett’s state Medicaid agency, on behalf of eight individuals who charge that MassHealth’s materials for renewing Medicaid benefits contain obstacles making them inaccessible to people with disabilities.
Lawsuit demands …

Hearing for subminimum wages, autism proposals cancelled

Monday, August 8, 2011
News from Congress
The U.S. Senate, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee abruptly canceled a hearing, scheduled for August 3, on two high profile bills affecting people with disabilities. The hearing on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, which…

Blind organization protests subminimum wage proposal

Monday, August 1, 2011Members of the National Federation of the Blind protested July 26 at offices nationwide of the representatives of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which is set to hold a hearing next week on a controversial subminimum wage

Disability benefits judges in the spotlight

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Disparity in adminstrative judges decisions questioned
In a joint hearing July 11, two Congressional committees questioned Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue about disparities regarding how administrative law judges approve Social Security Disabilities Insurance benefits. The hearing, held by the House…

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