Kansas Youth Leadership Forum searching for applicants and volunteers
The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (KSYLF) is currently searching for motivated young leaders to attend the fifteenth annual forum held July 13-18, 2015 at Washburn University in Topeka. We are also searching for adults to serve as volunteers for the week of the KSYLF.
The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its fifteenth year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! Through various large sessions, delegates are able to hear from community leaders on such topics as disability history, advocacy, goal setting, leadership, resources, and much more. Students are also able to share life experiences, goals, and ideas during breakout sessions with small groups. By week's end, all delegates will have stated their future plans and career goals in their very own Personal Leadership Plan.
Medicare Open Enrollment is underway through Dec. 7
Seniors have more high quality choices for Medicare health and drug plans
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the start of the Medicare Open Enrollment, which begins today, October 15th and ends December 7th. CMS encourages people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage options for 2015.
For 2015, steadily increasing quality of plans should give seniors confidence that they have an array of quality choices at competitive prices. Quality in Medicare Advantage and the Part D Prescription Drug Program continues to improve. About 60 percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees are currently enrolled in plans with four or more stars for 2015, in contrast to an estimated 17 percent in 2009. And Medicare Advantage enrollment is projected to be at an all-time high in 2015 with more than 16 million beneficiaries.
President Obama issues proclamation for Blind Americans Equality Day
For half a century, our Nation has set aside one day every year to honor the contributions of blind and visually impaired Americans. In that time, we have built a more just and more inclusive society. We have torn down barriers to full participation in our democracy and economy -- but more work remains to guarantee all Americans have a fair shot at success. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to equal access, equal opportunity, and equal respect for every person and continue our work to ensure that no one is excluded from America's promise.
All Americans have a fundamental right to dignity and respect, and to fully take part in the American experience. Every day, people with visual impairments and other print disabilities enrich our communities and demonstrate the inherent worth of every person. In our classrooms, blind Americans teach history and mathematics while fostering an early awareness of the innate possibility within each person. On canvas and through music, artists with visual impairments show us the world as they know it and broaden our understanding of our universe. Across our country, Americans with disabilities contribute to our workplaces and our economy while securing stronger futures for themselves and their families.
Have you registered to vote yet? The deadline to do so is Oct. 14!
The 2014 general election day is coming up and there are several races taking place that involve local, state and federal offices.
While Election Day is Nov. 4, if Kansas residents are not already registered to vote, they must get registration taken care of by Oct. 14! If not registered by then, you will not be able to vote in the upcoming election.
For details on how to register in the State of Kansas, visit the www.VoteKS.org website. You may also call (800) 262-8683 (VOTE) if you have any questions about registering to vote.
Legislators send letter urging U.S. Labor Dept. to suspend rule that could dramatically increase home care costs to seniors, disabled
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) today led an effort urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to suspend a rule that could dramatically increase costs of non-medical, in-home personal care services, many of which are administered through Medicaid or other state programs.
The rule, which would make changes to a long-standing exemption for these personal care services, is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Numerous stakeholders have expressed concern that implementation of this sweeping new regulation could disrupt care for seniors and those with disabilities.
Get ready for Medicare Open Enrollment!
Attention Medicare beneficiaries -- it is almost time for Medicare Open Enrollment, which will run this year from October 15 to December 7.
Open Enrollment is the time to review and compare your Medicare plan to either change or stay with your current plan for 2015.
• Open Enrollment is October 15 to December 7th, but you can compare plans now at medicare.gov.
• Find local help medicare.gov/contacts to compare plans.
• Happy with prescription drug co-pays? Could you get a better deal? Compare options here medicare.gov
- Disability Update from The White House: Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- There's no need to be awkward
- October 5-11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week: Let's talk about mental health!
- President Obama issues proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Mobility Rodeo slated for this Saturday in Wichita
- Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries
- Concerned about the policies for Waiver programs? Send a letter to CMS
- New IRS publication helps you find out if you qualify for a Health Coverage Exemption
- New statewide alliance is formed -- Self Direction Care Providers of Kansas
- FOR SALE: 2005 Ford E150 Econoline Van
- FOR SALE: 2004 Chevrolet Venture extended minivan
- What the new Department of Labor changes will mean to you
- NCIL Information Alert: Advocacy action steps for consumers & advocates regarding the new Labor Department Home Care Rules
- Resource Central - Stephen Busby and The Power of the Disability Vote
- CRO of H.O.P.E. makes deal with Parsons Pizza Hut for fundraiser
- KDADS HCBS-I/DD waiting list update
- Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation's Public Policy Fellowship Program accepting applications for 2014-15
- October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Pittsburg SKIL picnic featured on KOAM-TV
- DOJ, HHS post tribute video celebrating Olmstead anniversary
- Colyer selected to city advisory board; earns state advocacy award
- SEK AT takes the challenge
- Nation’s 911 System inching towards greater accessibility
- Obama signs Autism Act Renewal
- Education Advocate Training coming to Pittsburg Nov. 18
- HELP WANTED: Benefits/SNAP Coordinator
- The Sheila Miller MS Bike Team is in training!
- Protecting America’s Wounded Warriors -- Not a choice, an obligation
- Congratulations to Jon Greenfeather & Karen Baker -- iPad winners
- HS students with disabilities could qualify for Career Tech Education program
- HCBS? This Matters to You!
- Joint statement from the Departments of Education and Health & Human Services regarding the WIOA
- Senate HELP Committee conducting survey of persons with disabilities
- From NCIL: WIOA overwhelmingly passes House, moves to President’s desk for signature!
- Statement by the President on Wednesday's passage of the WIOA
- Hiring: Part-time Sports Broadcast Studio Producer
- Hiring: Part-time Sports Broadcast Studio Producer
- WANTED: Home Health Aide
- Will a Kansas city be first in the Midwest to adopt modern wheelchair access icon?
- An important message from NCIL's Lou Ann Kibbee
- Fishing Has No Boundaries 2014 is a success
- Enhanced Vision giving away a new portable electronic magnifier
- KYEA now accepting nominations for Justin Cosco Scholarship Award
- From ADAPT: Call Labor Secretary regarding Companionship Exemption regulations
- CMS initiative helps people make the most of their new health coverage
- SKIL receives $5000 Quality of Life grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
- Living with no boundaries: Meet Brendan
- Power Chair for Sale
- Kansas Housing Resources Corporation launches webpage of available resources
- A Memorial Day 2014 message