Home and Community-Based Living

Home Health Aides Help Me Live My Life. We Need to Pay Them Better.

Monday, September 17, 2018When I decided to begin living on my own after my mother’s stroke, I knew I would receive an increase in the number of weekly attendant hours assigned to me. Since I required assistance with several activities of daily living,…

Electronic Visit Verification: a Threat to Independence for Disabled People

Tuesday, July 31, 2018Dennis Borel of the Texas Coalition of People with Disabilities sums up Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) in one crisp comment: “What am I, a felon? Put an ankle bracelet on me.” If you’re not familiar with EVV, it involves the…

Ensuring Disabled People Return to Community Living After Natural Disasters

Friday, September 1, 2017As Texans continue to experience the fallout of flooding of historical proportions from Hurricane Harvey, safety is paramount, especially for disabled people, who are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters. The United Nations recognizes this vulnerability in Article 11 of the…

Congressmen urge steps to “Modernize Medicaid”

Monday, July 25, 2011In an op-ed published June 30 in The Hill, two members of Congress urged an increased effort to use Medicaid funding to ensure people with disabilities live in home and community based settings. “Our continued heavy reliance on outdated and…

Lawsuit filed to combat in-home services cuts in Tennessee

Monday, July 18, 2011In a move lawmakers expect will save $10 million, Tennessee recently limited one-on-one nursing services to 12 hours a day and personal assistance services to 215 hours per month for individuals receiving Medicaid-funded services so they can remain in their…

Lawsuit targets “arbitrary” NC Medicaid changes

Monday, July 11, 2011Disability Rights North Carolina filed a class action lawsuit July 1 against the state of North Carolina and one of its managed care contractors, the same day the contractor began using a new system to determine eligibility for certain Medicaid…

Settlement approved in Illinois institutionalization case

Monday, June 20, 2011Jumpstarting a potentially large-scale deinstitutionalization effort, a federal judge signed a landmark settlement Wednesday requiring the state of Illinois to create a six-year timetable to evaluate whether thousands of people with developmental disabilities are receiving appropriate community-based services. The settlement…

Closure plan for institution under fire

Tuesday, May 17, 2011A plan by Gov. Chris Christie to close a New Jersey institution that houses 350 women with disabilities is meeting stiff resistance. Under the plan, residents of the Vineland Developmental Center would be transferred to community based housing facilities, a…

Suit alleges wrongful Medicaid denials

Thursday, April 21, 2011The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a class action lawsuit April 18 challenging the state’s handling of its Medicaid home and community-based waiver program for ensuring people with disabilities can live outside of institutions. The complaint, on behalf…

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