Health

New disabilities added to fast-track benefits process

Wednesday, July 27, 2011The U.S. Social Security Administration announced July 14 that it is adding 12 new Compassionate Allowance conditions, which are used to determine which conditions are eligible for a fast-track process for approving disability benefits. The administration, which has recently taken…

Diabetes increases around the globe

Tuesday, July 5, 2011The number of people affected by diabetes has doubled worldwide during the past three decades, largely tracking global changes in development and urbanization, according to a new study analyzing diabetes rates in more than 200 countries published June 25 in…

State insurance plan must cover autism therapy, judge rules

Monday, June 20, 2011In a victory for people with autism, a King County Superior Court judge ruled June 7 that a  blanket exclusion for a certain type of autism therapy by the state employees’ health care program violates state law. The Washington State…

DOJ intervenes in student diabetes case

Monday, June 20, 2011The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief June 7 on behalf of a boy with diabetes who filed a discrimination lawsuit against his school in Kentucky after it refused to train non-medical personnel to assist him with his insulin…

More than 1 billion people worldwide have disabilities

Monday, June 20, 2011The World Health Organization and the World Bank released June 9 the first-ever World Report on Disability. The 349-page publication estimates that more than one billion people worldwide contain a disability, while nearly 200 million of those individuals “experience…

Public health emergencies and disabilities

Tuesday, May 17, 2011A new paper, from Wendy Hensel and Leslie Wolf of the Georgia State University College of Law, examines the range of ethical conflicts that arise when health officials have to utilize scarce resources to protect populations in public health…

Hospital fined for failure to accommodate

Tuesday, April 19, 2011The Justice Department has reached a settlement with a Virginia hospital system that failed to provide sign language interpreters to an expectant mother and others who are deaf or hard of hearing. A deaf couple sued Virginia’s Inova Health System…

Article highlights gaps in TBI coverage

Thursday, March 3, 2011A front-page USA Today article, titled “For brain injuries, a treatment gap,” from March 1 provides an extensive overview of issues that individuals encounter with their insurance plans when attempting to rehabilitate from traumatic brain injuries. While most insurance…

Obama announces expansion of community living options

Thursday, February 24, 2011Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released February 22 the guidelines for states looking to receive part of a $3.7 billion fund for assisting people with disabilities transition out of institutional settings and the expansion of a current program…

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