President Obama issues proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Americans with disabilities lead thriving businesses, teach our children, and serve our Nation; they are innovators and pioneers of technology. In urban centers and rural communities, they carry forward our Nation's legacy of hard work, responsibility, and sacrifice, and their contributions strengthen our economy and remind us that all Americans deserve the opportunity to participate fully in society. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the Americans living with disabilities, including significant disabilities, who enrich our country, and we reaffirm the simple truth that each of us has something to give to the American story.
Mobility Rodeo slated for this Saturday in Wichita
If you have a physical disability that’s preventing you from driving or riding in a car, or your physical disability is making it difficult for you to get around your home, you may have questions about how to continue leading an active life.
The Mobility Rodeo hosted by Kansas Truck Mobility on Friday, Oct. 3, in Wichita, helps you find the answers you’re looking for to live life independently. If you’re thinking about purchasing adaptive equipment, doing some home remodeling, or looking for ways to network with others with physical disabilities, the Mobility Rodeo is a good starting point to get the information you need.
Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries
Karen Barezinsky is looking for an answer to what she says is a simple question: Are the people who run the state’s Medicaid program planning to cut the supports she and her husband use to keep her son, Ray Santin, who’s paralyzed from his neck down, out of a nursing home?
“I can’t find out anything,” said Karen, 62, who lives in Scranton with her husband and son. “I leave messages with Ray’s case manager, but nobody calls me back.”
Karen is worried because she’s read news stories about Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Kari Bruffett warning legislators that a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor could cause reductions of in-home services for some people with disabilities and frail elders. That could send some of them to nursing homes, which typically are more expensive than community-based settings.
Concerned about the policies for Waiver programs? Send a letter to CMS
If you are on a KanCare waiver or know someone who is, and are concerned about the policies for Waiver programs, below are three Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contacts.
A message is also provided for you to send a letter or email to these contacts.
New IRS publication helps you find out if you qualify for a Health Coverage Exemption
Taxpayers who might qualify for an exemption from having qualifying health coverage and making a payment should review a new IRS publication for information about these exemptions.
The Affordable Care Act calls for each individual to have qualifying health insurance coverage for each month of the year, have an exemption, or make an individual shared responsibility payment when filing his or her federal income tax return.
New statewide alliance is formed -- Self Direction Care Providers of Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. -- This week in Kansas, twenty-two (22) businesses from across the state have joined forces to protect and preserve the future of self-direction for individuals with disabilities.
The newly formed Self Direction Care Providers of Kansas (SDCPK) recognizes and supports the right of individuals with disabilities in Kansas to live in the home and community of their choice.
Current federal regulations and their impact on our state are threatening the ability of people with disabilities to live and age in their own home. These new regulations jeopardize the right of people with disabilities to self-direct their in-home services, which includes choosing who they will hire and directing the services they need in order to remain in their own home and community.
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- From NCIL: Bipartisan, bicameral group announces deal to improve american workforce development system
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- Disability employment focus group looking for participants
- Nominate deserving youth with disabilities for the Diana Vietz Memorial Award
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