Disability News /KLKC
Topeka, Ks (Dave Ranney/KHI News Service) - Last month, federal officials were supposed to announce $250 million in grants to help the nation’s safety-net clinics get ready for the thousands of now-uninsured adults who in 2014 are scheduled to be eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act. However, according to the Kansas Health Institute News Service, that didn't happen. Instead, the Feds gave out about $29 million to 67 clinics in 21 states and Puerto Rico.
Topeka, Ks - Health Policy and Research (HPR) Solutions has created a new health insurance brief, which gives uninsured percentages by Kansas County and discusses their connection with health reform. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates of health insurance status in 2007 for each county in the United States. There was quite a variation in percentages of uninsured Kansans under the age of 65 ranging from 9% in Johnson County to 29.1% in Stanton. The estimated state average was 12.7%. Labette County had the second lowest uninsured percentage at 10.7%.
Parsons, Ks – Sign-up and Distribution of food commodities will be conducted from 1-4 p.m. October 18th at the Labette Assistance Center, located inside Westside Community center, 301 North 30th Street in Parsons. Eligible Labette county residents must meet certain income guidelines. The maximum gross income for a one person household is $1180. Add $414 to that figure for each additional family member. Recipients must have a current photo ID. Items include applesauce, corn, grapefruit juice, UHT milk, salmon, spaghetti and sauce plus pinto beans. For more information call 620-421-0700.
October 5th, 2011 http://adagesource.com/cil_blog/ Written by Stephanie Brady, Director of Programs
The Independent Living Center, Inc - Joplin Mo.
We all know the 4 Core Services for Centers for Independent Living: Advocacy, Peer Counseling, Information and Referral, and IL Skills Training. But the one that often gets left by the wayside and is extremely difficult to fully track is Information and Referral. With the importance of service delivery for funding, we need to track every service we provide to consumers and the community, even ones that we cannot track the long-term impacts.
I know my staff members provide information and referral a hundred times a day to people who call or stop by, asking for general information. Mr. Smith calls and asks where to find affordable, accessible housing and we tell him. Ms. Andrews stops in and picks up a resource directory from which she finds six area food pantries. We post referral information on Facebook about applying for FEMA assistance. But are we tracking that information? Do we enter every referral contact we have made? Do we have the time? What I always tell my staff is if you don’t track it, it didn’t happen.