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and Support with Customer Controlled services to break down and remove existing barriers and bridge social gaps to ensure and preserve
Equality and Independence for all.

Kansas Youth Leadership Forum searching for applicants and volunteers

KYEA-smThe 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.

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Medicare Open Enrollment is underway through Dec. 7

CMSSeniors 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.

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President Obama issues proclamation for Blind Americans Equality Day

Obama portrait cropFor 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.

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Have you registered to vote yet? The deadline to do so is Oct. 14!

CheckThe 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 website. You may also call (800) 262-8683 (VOTE) if you have any questions about registering to vote.

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Legislators send letter urging U.S. Labor Dept. to suspend rule that could dramatically increase home care costs to seniors, disabled

uscapitoldome-200WASHINGTON, 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.

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Get ready for Medicare Open Enrollment!

open enrollment web-300Attention 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

• Find local help to compare plans.

• Happy with prescription drug co-pays? Could you get a better deal? Compare options here

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Time Sheet Submission

DSW Electronic Time Sheet Submission can now be done directly through the SKIL website. Take a photo of your time sheets and supporting documents and upload directly to the SKIL website at the DSW Submit Timesheet page.  There is a sub-menu link for it directly below the "DSW time sheets" menu located in the top menu and in the left menu of the home page.