Health care

(Video) Hank Green: “Your illness is not your fault” despite what society may say

Friday, August 19, 2016YouTuber Hank Green opened up to his followers recently to explain how illness, especially chronic illness, is not the fault of the individual who has it. Green is famously known on YouTube for the channel he shares with his brother,…

Agreement reached to make health care kiosks accessible to people with visual disabilities

Monday, August 15, 2016Pursuant Health will make its thousands of self-service health care kiosks accessible to people with visual disabilities, under a first-of-its-kind agreement announced July 26. “Living the lives we want as blind people includes monitoring our own health so that we…

Disability and senior rights groups demand investigation of Kansas Medicaid backlog

Thursday, August 11, 2016In a letter sent July 8 to the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services [PDF], the Disability Rights Center of Kansas called on the federal government to investigate the state’s growing Medicaid backlog. “Ongoing delays risk depriving applicants…

Court blocks Indiana abortion, disability law

Monday, August 8, 2016A federal court issued a preliminary injunction June 30, temporarily blocking a new Indiana law that would ban abortions based on “a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down Syndrome or any other disability.” “(Planned Parenthood Indiana and…

Court blocks Texas Medicaid cuts

Tuesday, August 2, 2016In a two-page order [PDF], the Texas Supreme Court temporarily blocked planned Medicaid cuts July 8 that advocates feared would decimate the state’s services for autism therapy and other physical, occupational and speech therapeutic services for children with disabilities.…

HHS finalizes new health care disability discrimination rules

Monday, May 30, 2016
DHHS issues anti-discrimination rules
The Department of Health and Human Services has released final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination protections, clarifying and expanding on the obligations of health care providers to accommodate patients with disabilities. Passed in 2010,…

Bill seeks to end SSDI waiting period for people with ALS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
United States Congress considers expediting SSDI for people with ALS
A new bill seeks to expedite Social Security Disability Insurance payments for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Currently, people deemed eligible for SSDI…

NY court rules with disability activists in assisted suicide case

Friday, May 20, 2016
NY ruling on assisted suicide case
Echoing the arguments of an amicus brief filed by 11 disability rights groups, a New York state court has rejected a challenge to the state’s ban on physician-assisted suicide, finding that any…

Mental health parity rules expanded to Medicaid, CHIP

Wednesday, April 6, 2016The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released final regulations March 29 that expand existing mental health care equity laws to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed by Congress in…

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